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Spherical gorara stone candleholder shows the stone craftsmans skill. Agra artisans first cut the stone to size using a band saw. Then the surface design is carved, using a fine drill. Last comes the lattice work, cutting spaces for candlelight to shine through. Gorara stone is sometimes referred to as India soapstone. It is from the Hamirpur and Mahoba areas of Uttar Pradesh and comes in a variety of mottled colors.
Asha Handicrafts AssociationA fair trade organization, Asha represents more than 6,500 artisans in 10 states of India. The association’s name, meaning “hope” in Sanskrit, represents its goal to sustain the marketing ability of individual and family–based artisans. Read more.
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