History Of Engraving & Writing On Rice Grain:
Ancient Anatolia in Turkey and India was the birthplace of rice writing. Many ceremonies and rites employ rice as a medium, but artists talented in miniature painting in ancient Anatolia opted to use their skills to create art with what had always been an ancient symbol of abundance, the oldest example of which can be found at Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. After treating and polishing a single grain of rice, the artisans would engrave words or names on it. Long and flat grains were popular because they provided good writing surfaces.
Micro-calligraphy and painting on rice grain(s) is an old Indian tradition that predates Turkey. Rice was seen as a symbol of prosperity, abundance and good fortune, and for this reason, it is often thrown at weddings and presented as a gift during sacred ceremonies. It was once thought that having a lot of rice meant you were wealthy since you could feed your family. As a result, rice has a higher value than gold in those days.
Writing On Rice Grain As Jewelry:
Rice writing and art grew over time, leading to the creation of rice jewelry, in which the rice grain is contained in a vial with a liquid/oil that amplifies the individual grain, allowing the meticulous and exquisite features to be appreciated. Rice jewelry, such as good luck pendants, charm bracelets, anklets, and earrings, took this a step further. Most of these artisans and painters now have street-side stalls where they may write on rice, messages or names while showing their wares and hard work.
This craft needs the artist to pay extreme attention, possess dexterity, and have sharp vision. The engraved rice grain is frequently kept safe and combined with a functional function by being encased in a key chain, necklace, or bracelet. Rice writing was thought to bring good luck, therefore good luck pendants, hope bracelets, and mobile phone charms are among its most popular versions today.
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How to Engrave on Rice Grain?
The following tools are used by the majority of modern-day rice engravers:
- Long-grain white rice: This rice is shaped like a flat cylinder. Because it is flat, it provides two large writing surfaces.
- Sharp utility knife: This is used to lightly scrape the rice to remove ridges and give a smooth writing surface. This scraping technique can also be used to correct small errors.
- Clay: Some people use a lump of modelling clay, while others use utilitarian gripper clay. The clay is used to keep the rice in place when the writing is done.
- Technical pen: This is a technical pen with an ultra-fine tip for drawing. The majority of the pens are either.18 (4×0) or.13 (3×3) in size (6×0). These can be bought in several arts and crafts stores as well as on the internet.
- Waterproof Ink: This technique requires waterproof ink, which is sold alongside the pen required for this procedure. Brush writing on rice is likewise a rare but verified art form. ‘
After using these tools, the rice writing is normally preserved in a little vial of oil once it is finished. Many jewellers use these vials in necklaces, bracelets, and key chains.
The World Record for Engraving & Writing on Rice Grain In Jaipur:
The Guinness World Record for writing 1,749 characters on a single grain is held by Surendra Kumar Apharya of Jaipur. In addition, he holds the world record for writing 249 characters on a single strand of human hair. Apharya learned yoga to achieve this type of precision writing, and he can even hold his breath for two minutes. Certainly, a proud moment for all Indians.
Miniature Rice writing is preserved as an ancient Rajasthani art form where holy sayings were written on rice and gifted to nobles. Today, it is people like Surendra Kumar Apharya who are keeping this age-old art form alive.
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