India's rich cultural heritage and evolutionary tradition is facilitated by the huge variety of handicrafts made all over the country. Handicrafts are reflection of the cultural identity of the ethnic and artisians who make it. Through the ages, handicrafts made in India like the Wooden Carving, Bamboo Handicraft, Pashnima Shawl, Kashmiri woollen carpets, Zari embroidered fabrics, Pottery, terracotta and ceramic products, silk fabrics, Dhokra Bastar Art, Brass Art etc. have maintained their exclusiveness. In the early times, these handicrafts were exported to far off countries of Europe, Africa, West Asia and Far East via the 'silk route'. The entire wealth of Indian handicrafts has survived through the ages. These crafts carry the promising appeal of the Indian culture that showcases exclusivity, beauty, dignity and style.
Some of the Most Amazing Handicrafts of India you can look out to buy are
Wooden Handicraft :
Wood carving is a form of craft wherein artifacts are made by tools and chisel resulting in a wooden figure or showpiece. A wood carver begins a carving by selecting a piece of wood the approximate size and shape of the figure he or she wishes to create or if the carving is to be large, several pieces of wood may be joined together to create the required size. The type of wood is important. Hardwoods are more difficult to shape but have greater luster and longevity. Once the sculptor selects the wood, he begins a general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. Once the general shape is made, the carver may use a variety of tools for creating details.
The northern states of India have a rich tradition of the woodwork. Places in Punjab are famous for its exquisite wooden furniture. Kashmir is famous for its artefacts made from the walnut trees. The artisans of Chhattisgarh specialise in wooden crafts like masks, doors, window frames and sculptures. Jharkhand is famous for its wooden toys.
Endowed with abundant forests, woodwork is a popular craft in South India. It is mainly done on rosewood and sandalwood. Red sandalwood from Andhra Pradesh is used to make cutlery, dainty boxes and paper knives in various designs. Madurai (a city in Tamil Nadu), is popular for its rosewood carvings. Karnataka is famous for beautiful elephants, images and furniture made from rosewood. Sandalwood is also used to make utility and decorative items, which are etched with designs of flowers, creepers, birds and animals. Magnificent figurines of females are carved out of Kumbli wood in Kerala.
Brass Handicraft :
Brass is known for its durability, and this feature adds to its advantage when used as handicrafts. Different items made of brass like Lord Ganesha's figure in different postures, vases, tabletops, perforated lamps, ornament boxes, wine glasses, and many more are widely used in many Indian houses even today. These artisans dealing with brass handicrafts are distinctively known as "Kansaris". The manufacturing of brass handicrafts is mainly done in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Chattisgarh.
Cane and Bamboo Handicraft :
Handicrafts that are made by using bamboo are the most eco-friendly crafts made in India. The diverse items made from bamboo are baskets, dolls, toys, furniture, mats, wall-hangings, crossbows, jewellery boxes and many more. Bamboo handicrafts are predominantly prepared in West Bengal, Assam and Tripura.
Cane and Bamboo occupy a distinctive place in the life of Tripura. Wide variety of wonderful objects are made out of Cane and Bamboo. A variety of items are produced, including furniture, table mats and other mat products, lamp shades, etc
Zardozi embroidery came to India from Persia. Zardozi embroidery work involves making elaborate designs, using gold and silver threads along with studded pearls and precious stones. Intricate designs in gold are made of silk, velvet and even tissue materials famous in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Initially, the embroidery was done with pure silver wires and real gold leaves. However, today, craftsmen make use of a combination of copper wire, with a golden or silver polish, and a silk thread. This embroidery work is mainly a speciality of Lucknow, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Delhi, Agra, Kashmir, Mumbai, Ajmer and Chennai.
Other Popular Handicrafts In India are
- Bidriwari Metal handicraft
- Dhokra Bastar Art
- Marble Handicraft
- Resin Handicraft
Popular Places where you can buy in shops Handicraft in India
- Dilli Haat in Delhi
- Kala Madhyam in Bangalore
- MESH in Hyderabad and Delhi
- Khazana in Taj Group of Hotels
- Ekamra Haat in Bhubaneshwar
- Rajasthani in Jaipur
Popular Online Websites where you can buy Handicrafts
So the next time, you visit any of the cities or website mentioned above in India, do not forget to buy one of these artistic productions which will surely make your home even more decorative.