Repoussé involves hammering low-relief designs into malleable metal sheets from the reverse that originated around the 3rd or 4th century B.C., in the Middle East. In India, popularly practiced in the North, in particular, Varanasi and parts of South India, including Kumbakonam, Tiruchirapalli, and Mysore, the technique was traditionally used to make temple doors and ceilings with devotional themes. The studio explores this process through organic abstract patterns and also gives contemporary life to classical themes from the visual decorative arts.
In order to achieve this, months are spent experimenting and sampling the detailed, time-consuming technique; using the traditional repoussé process to create an unconventional design language. The final outcome is a result of the synergy between designer and artisan: a detailed two-dimensional artwork is realised in sheet metal through the intuitive and skilled process of applying the right amount of pressure to elevate the forms.