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Koftgiri is a glorious art that is truly majestic and royal. One can witness the majesty of a Rajput family during their wedding or royal occasions. None of the royal family events is complete without the display of elaborate weaponry, lavishly embellished with gold and silver Koftgiri. Such adornment has been of much importance to the Rajputs and Mughals.
Different types of weaponry are used for Koftgiri art.
Daggers: It has a straight double-edged blade broadening from the hilt to the point, which is usually quite blunt.
Katar: It has an H-shaped horizontal hand grip due to which the blade sits above the user’s knuckles. It was used for hunting by upper-class Rajputs.
Handles and Pommel: These weapon parts are designed from cattle or camel bones, resembling an animal. The usage of god, animal or human heads was during the time range between 1200 to 800 B.C. These motifs are used as a mark of royalty or a token of appreciation for one’s valour upon defeating the opponent in a war.
Kada: It is a bangle-like iron bracelet. The reason behind using Kada is to protect the sword arm during battle. Eventually, it becomes an important part of the Rajput costume to be worn in ceremonies.
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