The art of sandalwood carving has been practised in Karnataka for at least a thousand years, and Karnataka is world famous for its exquisitely carved figurines with intricate details. Sandalwood artisans are concentrated in Shimoga, Mysore, Uttara Kannada and Bangalore districts of Karnataka. The spell-binding figurines in this golden coloured wood are embellished with designs inspired by nature. The soft aromatic wood can be delicately carved with ease to create elegant masterpieces.
Rampant poaching has made sandalwood scarce resulting in a steep increase in price of the finished product. Craftsmen meticulously design small articles for everyday use like bookmarks, paper knives, ballpoint pens and trays which are easily affordable.
The range of Cauvery sandalwood products also include idols of deities, chariots, photo frames, boxes, elephants, mantaps, panels, candle stands and garlands.
KSHDC has established sandalwood craft complexes in Sagar, Soraba, Kumta and Sirsi to facilitate sandalwood artisans.