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The Mina Art Clutch Bag

Get acquainted with our new clutch bag: “The Mina Art” model, decorated with the eye-catching hand painting inspired by Persian Minakari art.

The bag has a copper body, which is covered with white minakari glaze, painted by the artist with special minakari colors, and finally heated to stabilize the color.

The Enamel painting of “The Mina Art” bag is by Ms. “Zahra Mokhtari”.

The Mina Art Clutch Bag refers to a clutch purse or handbag that showcases the art form of Mina Kari or Mina painting. Mina Kari is a traditional Persian enamel painting technique that involves the intricate application of colorful designs onto metal surfaces, typically copper or silver.

In a Mina Art Clutch Bag, you can expect to find the characteristic Mina Kari patterns and designs. These patterns often feature floral motifs, geometric shapes, or intricate miniature paintings, all created with vibrant and richly colored enamel.

The process of Mina Kari involves applying layers of colored enamel onto the metal surface, followed by firing the piece in a kiln to achieve a glossy and durable finish. This meticulous technique results in stunning and detailed designs that reflect the beauty and artistry of Persian craftsmanship.

The Mina Art Clutch Bag Details:

  • Size: 20 x 12 x 5cm approximately
  • Interior: Leather
  • Cover Material: Hand-painted Minakari
  • Weight: 650 gr
  • Technique: Minakari art
  • Metal material: Steel
  • Chains Material: Steel
  • Can be used on the shoulder, and has the ability to connect chains
  • Due to limited availability, this is not returnable or exchangeable

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About the artwork:

The artwork you are purchasing is called Mina with a rich old history of around 5000 years. Mina means blue in the ancient Persian language and the blue color in this artwork is a symbol of heaven’s sky. Although blue is the traditional color in this art, however, contemporary Mina handcrafts could be found in a variety of colors these days such as green, grey, pink, etc.

Mina indeed is the art of painting and coloring on the surface of metal objects. The paint used in this artwork in most cases is prepared by metal oxide powders.  Such metal powder, however, is mixed with special oils and solvents to form a creamy paint. The cream is then used to paint the object. Different metal oxide also produces different colors.

Besides the preparation of paint cream, the desired objects which are mainly made of copper are created by hammering and forming. These objects have a long list of shapes including vases, plates, containers and etc. After forming the objects they should be cleaned thoroughly prior to being covered with a white enamel coating. The cleanness of the surface is very important at this stage since very minor dirt or even hand oil or moisture could cause a crack in the final product. The enameled object then is baked in the furnace at around 700° in a few stages.

Once the object is baked and cooled down, the already uniquely designed pattern of each item is transferred to the object’s surface.  This is usually done by drawing on the paper first and punching small holes near each other on the lines drawn on the paper. Graphite powder is usually used to mark on the metal surface through paper tiny holes. The white-coated copper object with marked lines then is painted carefully and artistically by hand. This stage is almost the most important part of the artwork and indeed the spirit of the Mina. The artist spends lots of time handling the details of the painting trying to make it unique, modern, and beautiful.

The final object is again needed to be baked in the furnace for stabilizing the color at around 800°. As a result of using metal-based paints and baking procedures, the Mina color is stable, washable, and anti-scratch.

Weight1 kg
Dimensions20 × 12 × 5 cm

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