Nagina Wood International

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The historic Nagina held importance in the eyes of the Emperors as an unmatched hunting ground. In the times of Sher Shah Suri, Mirza Fazal Ali Subedar reestablished it. But its roots go back to Ahd-e-Akbari.

In the reign of Shahjahan his daughter Jahan Ara was entitled to the administrative income received from Nagina. During the Muslim rule, the business of manufacturing guns was established and also existed after that in Nagina. It is also mentioned in the World Gazette, Pears Encyclopedia 1914 edition page 59. Nagina had efficient and expert workmen of guns. In the environment of unmeasured money, love of art of the kings, these artisans carried beautiful old weapons. It extends till start of the British rule. In British rule, due to control and licensing system on the weapons and changing times, these craftsmen and their families faced the problem of and existence. To face this problem and to preserve their talents these craftsmen turned to new territories of wood craving.



These very artisans of Nagina turned wood ABANOUS into unique and beautiful items. Besides being sold in India, these beautiful items are now well introduced in England, Africa and America. The sample of woodcraft of Nagina started gaining place in the museums of India and England. Being impressed by the quality of this art, the British administrative officers took Murad Baksh and Maula Baksh, artisans of Nagina, with them. They presented some craved item to Queen Victoria. She was so impressed by their beautiful piece of wood ABANOUS craving work that she awarded a signed certificate to Murad Baksh and Maula Baksh. At that time, they used to make things like vanity case, bangle box, tie case, hair combs and other things.

 

In 1902, an artist named Abdullah received the Edward Silver Medal in the industrial fair of England. The graveyard of the royal family of England had a frill carved by him in top of its gate. In 1907, Abdullah Khan again went to England to present a table made up of ABANOUS wood with unmatched craving and Silver wire on its fringe and he got rewarded for it. Another expert craftsman of this art Munshi Vilayat Hussain went to England in 1911 and was awarded the Edward Silver Medal. The artisans of Nagina started carving doors, windows, curtains and domestic furniture. In 1939, during the second world war, the walking sticks made in Nagina reached America and Germany and were liked very much there.

This art changed with the changing time. Inspite of the Industrial Revolution, it became difficult for the Nagina Handicrafting Art to survive. By 1947, this industry was taking its last breathes. But the expert artisans, like Abdul Rashid showed his expertise in these artifacts and this art was reborn. In 1967, Abdul Rashid received a national award for wood carving and making oil-filled combs respectively.

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