Meenakari Multipurpose platter (Copper Enamel) - Square
- Meenakari is an age-old craft originated in Persia. Enamelling was mainly done on silver and gold for jewellery, though now the artisans also practice it in copper. Mina, A feminine form of “minoo” in Persian means Heaven.
- Though the craft originated as a Persian art of colouring, it was accepted widely by Greeks, Chinese, Russian and many more. Everyone has their own set of niches.
- It is said that Raja Man Singh of Amber brought Persian craftsman from Lahore to Rajasthan back in 16th Century and gave the art an Indian touch.
- The process is long and complex, and a single piece of Mina can pass through many hands before it is completed. designer, engraver, enamelist, polisher & so on.
- Enamel colours are metal oxides mixed with a frit of finely powdered glass. Shade obtained varies according to the amount of oxide added. Yellow through chromate of potash, violet – carbonate of manganese; blue - cobalt oxide; green – copper oxide etc.
- With the technique of Cloisonné, which involves the use of copper wire geometrical or floral patterns are outlined on the base of copper, followed by finishing with colours.
- The pieces are then taken for firing where it’s heat between 950 degrees centigrade to 1400 centigrade. They are then rubbed with file, cleaned with lemon and tamarind.
These are beautiful decorative items which enhance the aesthetics of a home. They also have usage in our regular day to day life.
This is used as your platter to serve fruits, snacks or keep flowers on them for decorative purposes.
- You may wash with normal water but not scrubbers. Do not use hot water.
- Do not hit it or scratch with sharp objects. This can make the colours of Mina to detach. Extreme temperature could also burn the colours.