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Wood chess set, 'Wisdom'

Item # 46644
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Lined up for a battle of the mind, each player gazes solemnly at the opponents. These intricately carved chess pieces depict leaders of great wisdom. Khyali Ram craft this chess set from sheesham and kadam wood. Lined in velvet, the board is a box to store the pieces when not in use. Made in India.
  • Chessboard:
       1.4" H x 16.1" W x 16.1" D
       2.6" H x 16.1" W x 8.3" D
    Tallest piece:
       3.2" H x 1.2" W x 1.2" D
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Sheesham wood and kadam wood
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 12 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

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Artisan: Khyali Ram

Artisan Khyali Ram

"I was born and brought up in the Churu district of Rajasthan. We are a big family of six brothers and one sister, so it was great fun growing up together. I studied until the 10th Standard and moved to Punjab in 1980 in search of a job. One of my elder brothers was working there.

"I got a job in a handicraft enterprise that dealt in decorative items and games of all kinds. While working there, I had the opportunity to learn the various techniques for crafting chess sets. In 1984, a riot broke out in Punjab and I had to go back to my hometown. But when the situation got back to normal, I returned to my job Punjab where I worked until 1987. My boss offered to let me continue my job in Delhi, where I worked until 1992 when that office was closed.

"By then, I was quite an expert so I teamed up with my brother-in-law and together we started a small workshop with money our family and relatives lent us. Initially, we made chess sets and sold them in the local market. Then a client ordered 100 sets. This was our first big sale. Over the years, our workshop has continued to grow."

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