Influenced by Persian arts, blue glaze techniques have been used in Jaipur arts and architecture since the 17th century. No clay is used. Instead a mixture of quartz, powdered glass, Fullers Earth, borax, gum water and other ingredients combine to make a gorgeous, somewhat translucent low fire pottery. The gorgeous tile on these fair trade boxes is made by the same traditional technique. The hinged boxes are crafted from sustainably grown shesham wood by the skilled artisans of Asha Handicrafts in Saharanpur, India. They are lined with cotton velvet, a lovely floral Jaipur blue pottery tile is inset into the lid and finished on the outside with a delicate brass filigree border. Asha (hope in Sanskrit) works to preserve traditional crafts in India while providing fair wages and contributing to medical care, education for children, loans, training and improving living and working conditions of members. This fair trade box is wonderful for holding jewelry and other valuables, while lending a Middle Eastern art flair.
6 1/2" square, 2" high