In the district of Chittorgarh , in south Rajasthan, nestles a small estate named Deolia. It was founded by Prince Bika, a scion of the Royal family of Mewar. Having long cherished the desire to rule independently, he moved away to the borderland between Mewar, Malwa and Bagar. After Defeating Devi Mini, the tribal queen, who ruled the region, he founded Deolia in 1561. The rule in Deolia however was short lived, as the scarcity of drinking water compelled the royal family to move to the new capital Pratapgarh, 16 kilometres to the east. The fortified town of Pratapgarh is mostly surrounded by Bhil and Mina villages. As the town flourishes on a near barter economy of transaction between the tribals of the nearby villages and the money lending “Bora” shopkeepers (who largely inhabit the land), it is rather incredible that the famous art of Thewa work has been flourishing here for generations .
The art of Thewa work came to be in Pratapgarh four hundred years ago and has ever since developed under the patronage it received from the rulers. In the late 19th and early 20th century Thewa work was erroneously described as a form of enamelling by the surveyors of arts and crafts of India. In fact, it does not resemble enamelling either in appearance or technique. For generations the artisans have produced extraordinary objects of ornamental and utility value. The colors of glass used commonly are red, blue and green, due to the non-availability of other colors. The desired piece of glass is encased in a frame of gold plated silver wire. A paper-thin sheet of gold, of the same size as the glass, is cut and a free hand sketch of floral or historical motifs is made on it, by special tools. It is then dipped in acid for a while and washed thoroughly with water. A mixture of cinnamon oil and another material known as ‘Rag’ is brushed at the back, to prevent the metal from melting.
The glass is then semi fused and a thin silver foil is fixed on the other side, in order to give it a uniform luster. The simple raw materials and technique used stand in sharp contrast to the high quality effect of the finished object; no other form of art depicts with such meticulous detail the day-to-day life, legends, battlefield and hunting scenes on such a tiny surface. Because of the royal patronage, the themes and symbols used reflected the taste and concerns of royalty. Some of the common motifs are the hunting scene with elephants and palanquins, deer and lions, Maharana Pratap riding his famous horse Chetak, soldiers engaged in war, Krishna with his Gopis, Peacocks and Royal Weddings.
The most exquisite article of Thewa work can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. These articles were made about 100 years ago. There is a large plaque in the collection of the Geological Museum in London and the Queen of England has, in her personal belongings, an intricate casket, with extremely narrative panels. which was made by Mathura lal ji Soni (our great grandfather).
The Thewa work is one of the many fine examples of our glorious past and also a constant reminder of our heritage, where human skill was nurtured with supreme precision and care. As this work is still a hand made work. no machine work is done to prepare a thewa art jewellery. It is a perfect Gift to those who love wearing royal and traditional kinds of jewellery.
The Government of India recognized and praised the Thewa Art by publishing a postal stamp of Rs 5 on Thewa on November 5, 2OO2.
In 2018 Shri Mahesh Rajsoni Won Bharat Gaurav award in British Parliament London,UK. And he is the only person who got to see the actual Thewa art piece present in the museum of london.
The second generation of the Rajsoni family clan, artist were featured in a news paper to promote the art work locally and in Rajasthan.Picture was clicked at the very famous location of ThewaStore salampura Road.
When Rajasthan Thewa kala sansthan had organised few meetings to discuss the growth and expansion of thewa craft yet keeping the secrecy most important aspect.This collection of photographs belongs to year 1982-1985.
All the master craftsman supports esch other to make Thewa art a world renowned art work. Picture was clicked back in 1990’s in a National-award ceremony of one of the artist in the Family.
There are lot of Art connoisseur in and out of India who loves to keep a collection of thewa art pieces by the master craftsman. This picture source belongs to one such client of Thewa.
Thewa is a renowned art that is mostly appreciated by foreigners, this Thewa Bracelet photograph was captured in a museum of Paris, France. This piece was crafted in 1950.
Thewa Flower pot is one of the most loved souvenir products in this Thewa art,National award was given to Shri. Ramvilas Rajsoni on this Pieces in 1975.
A large number of clients share their past purchasing experience with thewastore. This photograph source belongs to one such client who loved this Royal thewa box bought in 1972.
Indian handicrafts Fair 2011 Sri lanka, Shri Mahesh Rajsoni while representing thewa art in this fair got a chance to welcome Textile minister of Sri lanka Government.