Indian Handicrafts goes back to arguably the oldest civilisations of the whole world.This industry represents dignity, beauty, creativity, culture and skill of local population and hence the country.
Most people would support the fact that Indian Handicrafts are among the best pieces of art there is.
The utter flexibility and resourcefulness of the different materials used to make these handicrafts and gift items truly make them unique.
The artisans use a variety of objects and materials, and these are normally found in plenty in the villages, where these types of industries are more dominant.
Stone, wood, glass, metals, bamboo, paper mache, clay, textiles, ceramic and terracotta are among the many the things used by the artisans.
Different places in India are famous for different handicrafts items like Saharanpur for its wooden articles, the North Western state of Rajasthan for Jaipuri quilts, Gujarat for embroidered stuff, Punjab for Phulkari, Jodhpur for the wrought iron product etc.
These artisans are among the most talented and creative people in the world in our view, as they use only the above mention materials to create masterpieces, which by the way are sold abroad as well.
In our blog today, we will discuss and talk about the various handicrafts industry in India.
Different types of handicraft industries in India
There are a lot of handicrafts which fall under the banner of handicrafts industry. We cannot discuss all of them, but we can discuss the best-known ones, along with a few more. So let us begin.
- The following Indian handicrafts require textiles and clothes:
- Calligraphy: It is the visual art which is related to writing. It involves the designing and execution of a letter using only a broad tip brush or instrument. It is generally in one single stroke.
- Canvas Work: It is also a type of a visual art. It requires a yarn to go through a fabric, much like embroidery work. Canvas work is a type of counted-thread embroidery. It includes bargello, petit point, and needlepoint.
- Crochet: This is a technique to create fabric from threads, yarns or other material similar to threads by using a crochet hook. In India, the fabrics made out of this technique is generally thick, as the threads used are quite thick.
- Wood, metals, clay and bones are needed for the following:
- Bead Work: This involves the craft of attaching a series of beads to each other by passing a thread between them. After this, the beads are most likely to be attached to some kind of cloth or garment or are sold as bracelets and necklaces.
- Bone Craving: It is a form of art or craft, by carving into the bones of dead animals. Usually, bones of buffaloes, goats, and cows are used as they are available in plenty in villages.
- Carpentry: This primarily involves the cutting, shaping and polishing of woods, into pieces of art, or simply things that are used in day to day lives/
- The next category of handicrafts uses plants, and plant parts other than wood.
- Basket weaving: This is also known as basketry or basket making. As you have guessed by the name, it involves the making of baskets using grass, vines, or bamboo sticks. These baskets are usually woven with the materials stated above. Pine straw, stems, animal hair are also used, among other things.
- Floral design: It is the art of using flowers and parts of flowers to make a beautiful and pleasing composition. This handicraft has deep roots I the Indian culture and dates back to many centuries.
Role of Government: Indian Handicrafts
The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is the main body assigned by the Government of India, and it functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
This organisation or body of the government finances all the promotional activities regarding the handicrafts industry in India, all by itself, and is regarded as a ‘model council’.
Let’s see what Indian Prime Minister