Cluster Detail
Andhra Pradesh     Warangal     Rangashaipet

A cluster is defined as a geographic concentration (a city/town/few adjacent village and their adjoining areas) of units producing near similar products and facing common opportunities and threats. An artisan cluster is defined as geographically concentrated (mostly in villages/townships) household units producing handicraft/handloom products. In a typical cluster, such producers often belong to a traditional community, producing the long-established products for generations. Indeed, many artisan clusters are centuries old Artisan.


About Rangashaipet Cluster:-


Rangashaipet Cluster falls under Andhra Pradesh State in Warangal district.


The Rangashaipet cluster is able to form 80 plus Artisans & 7 SHGs supporting the strong work force. The mobilization gains momentum day by day.


Metal Craft:-


Metal wire inlay work, tarakashi, initially originated in Mainpuri in UP. It flourished under the patronage of Nawabs. Initially it was used for khadaon (wooden sandals).


Inlay is a means of ornamentation of a surface by setting of other materials into it. In wood inlay mainly brass or copper wires are used. The designs are traditional, depicting flora, fauna and geometrical patterns including the varieties of the jali designs.With the ban on ivory, the plastic sheets began to be used as inlay material. In Mainpuri tradition copper, brass and silver wire were twisted together, beaten with the hammer and flattened before inlaying. This gave three colour design specs on the inlayed surface.


Raw Materials:-


Basic Material : Ebony wood, shisham wood.
Decorative Material : Brass wire, copper wire, ivory, plastic.




Hand saw, flammer, chisel, wooden mallet, files.




Inlay is a means of ornamentation of a surface by the setting of other materials into it. Mainly brass or copper wires are used in wood inlay. After cutting the wood from a bigger block in the desired size, a pattern originally traced on a paper, is transferred onto the wood. Copper or brass metal is beaten into thin sheets and cut into fine wire. The design traced on the wooden surface is incised with the aid of a hammer and chisel which is held lightly and tapped with a mallet. The brass or copper wire is hammered into the engraved portion of the design. If ivory is to be inlaid, then, ivory pieces of required shape and size are cut by a saw and fixed with glue at the desired places in the design. After inlay with brass wire or ivory, the wood is smoothened with a file and polished to give a better finish.




1.      Inlay

2.      Cutting

3.     Smoothing

4.      Polished


How to Reach:-


By Air:-

Hyderabad International Airport is about 3 ½ hours by road from Warangal city. This district has a small airport, Mamnoor, which could accommodate small aircraft like the ATR 42.


By Road :-


National highway NH 202 (Hyderabad - Bhupalapatnam) runs through the district. Warangal city is surrounded with small towns like Parkal, Narsampet, Torrur and Jangaon each 30-50 kilometers distant. Warangal is about 150 km distant by road from Hyderabad (capital of Andhra Pradesh).


By Train:-


The city has a major railway junction called Kazipet.

About Implementing Agency

Andhra Pradesh     Warangal     Handicrafts Artisans Welfare Association