Sankheda Furniture of Gujarat
The unique art of Sankheda, a village in central Gujarat, which uses
paint and lacquer on wood to fashion exquisite pieces of furniture
as well as other ornate objects. The Sankheda artisans are very proud of
their centuries old legendary know-how. The Sankheda carpenters have kept up
with the age of automation as far as some of their tools are concerned but
not at the cost of compromising on the inherent quality of the art. The wood
used is teak wood and the brush used is made of hair from a squirrel's tail.
To maintain this furniture for several years, some care has to be taken.
It should not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat as it loses its glow
and the colours fade. It should not be cleaned with oil or water. It should
just be wiped clean with a dry cloth.
Several families in the village of Sankheda are involved in satisfying the
growing demand for the furniture industry world-wide, which has made the