The metalware of Rajasthan comprises of artistic, enamelled and engaved silverware and metalware. The Rajasthani engravers have mastered the medium of engraving on metal. Rajasthan craftsmen have been using different metals like iron, copper, silver and alloys like bronze, bell metal, white metal etc.
Traditional designs are used in different techniques such as hammered, chased or embossed and the motifs are of flowers, hunting scenes and landscapes. Artisans produce wide range of items such as pots, pans, utensils, photo frames, sculptures of deities, mythological figures, hanging lamps, boxes, bowls, picture frames, key chains, doorknobs, taps, plates, animals, table tops, fruit bowls, planters, jewellery boxes etc.
Jodhpur is famous for handcrafted iron, Aluminum shields and trophies. Koftagiri, a technique where light-colored metal is inlaid on a darker surface is found mainly in Jaipur, Ajmer, and Pushkar and is practiced by very few artisans. It was used originally for weapons and arms.
Jaipur also has a tradition of brass sculptures, well finished and polished to a shine. The engraving is done in three styles namely, (a) 'Marori' work- minutely lacquered designs covering the entire surface (b) 'chikan'- floral ornamentation standing out vividly against a chased and lacquered background and (c) 'bichi' - a delicate pattern of flowers and leaves, on a lacquered surface. Brass enamel is less expensive, and more prevalent from table-tops to dancing peacocks, caparisoned elephants, dancing camels, swords and shields.