Indian Handicrafts

In India, as elsewhere, the letter began with the man 's attempt to make tools to facilitate your life. It was about an attempt to improve the natural resources available to it. While the basic needs were found, the letter has become an expression of creative power, a record of time and a celebration of faith.

The art that reflects the day-to-day, instruments created out of natural substances available in abundance, manufactured out of biodegradable material formed is he always so simple, the Indian rural artisan the most humble personifies the new sensitivity. One who lives in harmony with their surroundings and not create any unnecessary toxic waste.

Explore the innovative nature of the fingers through the Indian craftsperson. The perfect place to do so is the annual Crafts Mela of Surajkund held in the suburbs of Delhi.

The metal trades

A number of factors led to the development of metalcraft:

(a) the geographical formations that produce a wide range of metals and minerals
(b) scientific technologies metalcraft the existence of old before the Industrial Revolution
(c) metal that is considered to be among the most exalted of resources for low Indian craftsmen.

The letters of the metal include:

Filigree work of silver - a network of fine threads of silver of thickness change is made in chariots, the cutlery, utensils on the table and decorative jewelry. Orissa is famous for its silver filigree work.

Bidriware - in which the silver inlay work is done against the dark background of the metal. Andhra Pradesh is known for its bidriware.

Carcass of Dokra - as the bell metal, an alloy of copper and tin with the soft hue of dull gold, are molded in a variety of forms, especially those of animals and gods. The tribes of Andhra Pradesh, in Chhattisgarh, and Orissa, all in central India, have refined the work of dokra.

Brassware - embellished with fine hand-engraving is used for a variety of vessels and lamps religious. Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, is a major center for the brassware and white galvanized metal.

Glazed and enamelled colored in brassware made in Rajasthan, producing basins, plates, boxes and frames beautiful.

Copperware - decorated with calligraphy and floral designs, is used for water storage and drinking vessels, especially in Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and in Kerala.

Bronzeware - south of India, is used for statues (Shiva 'the dance of the tandem of s are perhaps the most recognizable) and mirrors.
Cladding of gold - the vaults and the internal spaces of the holy places, such as the golden temple at Amritsar.


The stone quarried throughout the country provide a range of hue and texture of the craftsmen, the inspiration to create boats, furniture, spiritual icons, buildings, sculptures. The Indian craftsmen don 't just sculpt the figures of stone but also carve large masses of rock. As with metalcraft, the bricklayer do a relatively higher in the hierarchy of craftsmen because of the permanence of the material to work with. The carvings of stone are considered in their best in a host of temples of the 1st century XIV: Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh, 1st century), Konarak (Orissa, 1st century), Mt Abu (Rajasthan, 1st century).

The Stonework can be seen at:

* Monuments of inheritance of red sandstone from Agra and Delhi
* Images of God in the sanctuary of the temple Sanctorum
* Entries ornate, bas reliefs of the temples and icons
* Displays the structure of the marble temples and palaces of Rajasthan and Gujarat
* Branch prepared chiselled made of pale - sandstone-colored pink in Jaipur
* Stones made of granite to grind
* The rolling of plates and bowls of spice Chapatti made of marble
* Tools of the granite stone for the storage and cooking in Tamil Nadu
* Agatha-like steatite of Gorara of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, used for religious deities, decorative lamps, carts and forms the sail animals

Articles of this tablet to the boxes of coffee tabletops made of marble embedded with semiprecious stones in floral and geometric patterns


Organic, soft, fresh - there are any more tactile appeal to the hands of a creative person than to mother earth? Take all the old civilization, leaving its mark in the form of shrapnel's manufactured clay and earthernware. India is no exception, and these the oldest and simplest of the letters have become here too. For millennium, almost every state in India has set communities to provide the pottery vessels, religious images, toys and the roof tiles of the need of the people. The ceramic (clay molded into a potter 's the wheel) and terracotta (clay molded white letter) are found in almost every state of India that has the red clay.


India 'the great climate and varied topography of s allow a huge variety of trees flourish, and these inspired the artisans who work with countless ways to give expression to their creative power. Many shapes and forms inspired elegant tree weavers, stone carvers, printers and painters of handblock, and are often the subject of the wall panels, rugs and copies of textile material. Tribals, who live in forests, believes that trees are the homes of friendly spirit and guardians. Each region has crafting skills to the local timber employment is available: walnut, teak, pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood, ebony, willow, mango and more. The decorative timberwork is broadcast. The carpenter is considered to be fairly senior in the hierarchy of craftsmen. Here are the places that have become synonymous with the trades that produce wood and Kondapalli and Chennapatna in Karnataka, known for its wooden toys and Sankheda in Gujarat, known for its balance sheet.

Paintings in India

In India, the art does not expect a canvas. Swing the faces, the caves, the wall or the floor, even a palm, a palm or even the whole function as a canvas for expression. The vibrant dyes extracted from natural sources (flowers, leaves, berries, wood, even soot) are used to color, and instruments include sticks fine grams of peeled long and brushes made from the bird 's feathers of, and hair of the squirrel bamboo.

The popular art, in particular, is a peaceful song to color, inevitably linked to the forgotten art of story to tell. The traditions of popular art include:

Kalamkari (literally quit work ") of Andhra Pradesh - a painting with a pen made of bamboo from a wound on one end of the strip with wool and dyed with a natural black ink made of jaggery, archives of oxidized iron and water. Topics include epic, trees, fruits, flowers, birds.

Warli of Maharashtra - paintings of white figures with triangular rod-like hands and feet, engaged in grain loads, dancing, traveling to the market, or tending to household chores. Done in the folder of white rice in cowdung and mud plaster walls of huts, their new

Patachitra of West Bengal and (special) Orissa - engraving to etching made in the strip of palm leaf, on paper or on silk, depicting stories of the epic poems or (each strip is an incident). While the artists unroll the painting, singing, entertaining the villagers.

Mithila in Bihar - painted on the walls of homes, moved away from religious issues, social and natural that affected people. Paintings from Mithila now available in rolls of cloth or paper in bulk.

Painting glass Thanjavoor - which describes mythological subjects in bright colors and the remarkable work of the sheet of gold.

The paintings of the temple and monastery in Tamil Nadu and Andhra as well as murals in the palace of Padmanabhapuram in Kerala reflect regional skills. Rathva of the Tribals of Gujarat Tribals of Bhilala and from Madhya Pradesh

Textile materials in India

India has the tradition and the wider skills of rich live in handmade textile materials in the world.

The fingers tight, weaving deftly threaded in a myriad variety of textures and patterns. Cotton, so perfect for our fresh hot weather, printed with dyes made from natural sources of the animal, the vegetable and mineral. The sensual silks, always acceptable, its wealth associated with the aristocracy and ceremonial occasions. The toasty warmth of pashmina, also known as the cashmere wool. The vibrant hue of tribal shawls for men and women. Exquisite embroidery with and without decorations (mirrors, gems, beads). Projects infinite without the classical age, the sari, here.

Banarasi brocades of: Silk Saris of dense shaped, with more than září visible on the surface of the silk screen. Show strong influences of the Mughal design with floral motifs and intricate foliate. Although not as original, have become a popular choice for the wedding sari.

The Couturiers in Milan and Paris called on the abilities of Indian embroiderers.

Phulkaris and other embroidery also reflect the peculiar ethos of rural India where the weather was never at a premium. Phulkari course is more than embroidery of Punjab. Embodies the aspirations of a colored person out to wring some joy to their lives uncertain. Phulkaris was made for different occasions and the mother or grandmother made the most precious to his daughter in your wedding day.

asuti is very much the single point of Karnataka, where the Kanther describe rural landscape scenes using point running only in bright colors. The embroidery of the region of Kutch in Gujarat are legion, especially their embroidered mirror filled. You can get these embroidered all over India in bags, in skirts, in shoes, in duppattas in scarves and sweaters.

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