"Artisans, patronage and locally available resources are the elements for an art form to flourish. ‘Mysore Rosewood Inlay’ elegantly demonstrates a harmony of such kind. The art form can be traced to 18th Century, during the reign of the erstwhile Mysore Maharaja ‘Jayachamaraja Wodeyar’. The art was done on rosewood and sandalwood, both being abundantly present in the region. The last crucial component is the artisans; who settled in the historical town of ‘Srirangapatna’. In 1870,’Yusuf Ali and sons’ was the first firm to mass-produce inlays, specializing in making caskets and frames. This art form matured and adapted to the changing times, sandalwood supply dwindled making it obsolete. Rosewood on the other hand thrived due to its abundance. Inlay was used to effectively depict Dasara celebrations, rural scenes, forests and the wildlife of the region, giving a person a peek into the flavor of the region. Deer horns were used to carve the wood; ivory too was a crucial component. Amba Vilas Palace and Dariya Daulat Bagh are some of the noteworthy places, which have wood inlayed doors, demonstrating the patronage the art enjoyed."