The metalware of Rajasthan comprises of artistic, enamelled and engaved silverware and metalware. Popular creations in silver include wine cups, silver embossed decorative boxes, human figures, cigarette lighter cases and photo farmes.
Jaipur is famous for engraved brassware which is usually enamelled.
In Jaipur, the engraving is done in three styles namely,
Marori' work- minutely lacquered designs covering the entire surface,
'chikan'- floral ornamentation standing out vividly against a chased and lacquered background and
'bichi' - a delicate pattern of flowers and leaves, on a lacquered surface.
Jaipur also has a tradition of brass sculptures, well finished and polished to a shine. Vivid enamel is also used to highlight the tracery on beaten brassware.
Decorative pieces are also created using different techniques of hammering, chasing, perforation, piercing and repousse.
Traditional silver articles like 'handas'or water containers, spice bottles, baskets and trays are popular overseas - white metal articles too, command sizeable export markets.
'Badlas' or water carriers made of zinc are a speciality of Jodhpur. 'Badlas', usually round, semi-circular or rectangular are sometimes fitted with ice chambers and taps.
In Koftagari or damascening work, mostly practised in Alwar and Jaipur, one metal is encrusted into another in the form of wire. Popular articles are swords, daggers and shields.