Stone is Gift of Nature, We add Beauty to it.
The stone we call marble is a metamorphic rock (mostly composed of calcite, a type of calcium carbonate) formed as a result of changes brought about in the structure of sedimentary or igneous rocks by extreme pressure or heat. Sculptors like marble because, while relatively soft and easy to work when first quarried, it becomes extremely hard and dense with age, and is also available in a variety of shades and patterns. White marbles are especially prized for fine art sculpture because of their relative isotropy and homogeneity, and resistance to shattering. In addition, the low refractory index of refraction of calcite permits light to penetrate into the stone (as it does the human skin), resulting in the typical “waxy” look which gives the stone a human appearance. Marble can also be highly polished, making it ideal for decorative work. Compared to the next best alternative stone, limestone, marble possesses a much finer grain, which makes it much easier for the sculptor to render minute detail. Marble is also more weather resistant.
The ordinary formless stone becomes the very manifestation of divinity under the skilled hands of the traditional craftsman. The traditional craftsman relies more on his spiritual senses and less on the aesthetics imparting a distinctive power of suggestiveness in the sculpted forms. Consequently the handicraft seems to come to life before one’s eyes.
Not so long ago, when the surge for industrialization gained momentum, the focus shifted to the modernization and mechanization of industries across the country. In the haste to catch up with the rest of the world, the tradition, handicraft and culture of India, which had always been her trump card, received a setback. This caused the exodus of artisans to other countries, mainly the Gulf. India began witnessing a depletion of her craftsmen. During these times, there were a few who strove to preserve the heritage, with Stonecrafts International, being a pioneer in this field.