A Jharoka is a window projecting from the wall surface of a building. Basically, the Jharoka is an ornamental window supported by two pillars on either side , with heavy work done around it.
The Jharoka or window forms a significant part of Rajasthani or Rajputani or Mughal architecture both as decoration and as a viewing platform generally in Harems or other parts of the palace where women in purdah could see outside without being seen to the outsiders. These Jharokas would provide shelter from heavy rain as well as the summer sun.
The Jharoka art is presently used to design ornamental house decor pieces where the empty portion in the middle can be used to place in a mirror of that shape and size or a family photograph or even better- a painting from the Mughal or Rajasthani era.
WHAT I USED:
- A wooden board
- Fevicryl Shilpkar
- Fevicryl Acrylic colour- Black
- Fevicryl Acrylic Pearl Metallic Copper
The plain wooden board is the surface on which the art is done. I kneaded the sealant into a nice dough and gave it a shape of my choice. This can be done using a mould or by etching and drawing designs on the surface of the prepared dough. This designed piece is later placed on the wooden surface and glued to it. The surface is then painted with a coat of copper. followed by a dash of varnish.