Rosewood inlay work, practised for many centuries in and around Mysore, has always enjoyed the patronage of the Maharajas of Mysore. The intricate rosewood inlay work shows a remarkable refinement of workmanship. Diligent craftsmen smoothen the rosewood and carefully etch designs narrating stories of the past on its surface. Traditionally, craftsmen painstakingly assembled ivory to fit into the etched grooves. But today, due to the ban on ivory, craftsmen meticulously inlay woods of different colours, acrylic, shell or plastic to create these impeccable works of art.