India is a land of diverse cultures and ethnicity. The art and crafts are an integral part of lives of India. The artisans of India are blessed with a rich cultural heritage that reflects in their handicrafts. Every Indian Handicraft has magical and undoubtedly beauty. The Indian Handicrafts are globally famous for their unique, intricate and expressive charm.
The artisans of the different Indian state depicts their culture and tradition through handicrafts. Today are we are going to tell you some of the five Indian states from where you can purchase authentic Indian Handicrafts items.
Saharanpur (Wood works)
Saharanpur is located in Uttar Pradesh, famous for its wood carving industry. The city produces some of the world’s best wood work. At Saharanpur wooden industry, the items are crafted from the woods of the Sheesham, Dudhi and Sal trees. On demand, they also procure and work with Teak, Mahogany and Ebony.
Sometimes the artisans infuse metal and tiles to make the wooden handicrafts appealing and charming. The artisans give a unique finish to every handicraft. Some of the traditional Indian Handicrafts craft at Saharanpur are religious idols, furniture, cupboards, tables, trays, artefacts and wood carved mirrors. And, the other number of tiny wooden toys are carved key chains, vases and boxes.
Assam (Terracotta works)
The term ‘Terracotta’ has derived from Latin and Italian words. The Terra which is a Latin word means ‘earth’ or ‘soil’ whereas cotta is an Italian word means ‘statue’. The Assamese artisans are famous for crafting terracotta handicrafts with soil, mud and clay. Back in the day, the Assamese artisans are highly focused to craft spiritual idols. The Dhubri village in the Goalpara district of Assam occupies the prime location to craft many terracotta handicrafts such as dolls, tables, vases, pots and much more.
Gujarat (Textile handicrafts and fabrics)
Gujarati Handicrafts are famous for their mirror work and heavy colourful designs which give them a funky and tribal vibe. Here one will get different styles of handcrafted clothes, one of the significant trends is brocade, in which gold thread is woven onto the borders of fabrics. Other traditional designs are the stylized parrots, flower borders, tree motifs, mango motifs etc.
Another favourite trend of Gujarat is Bandhani; it is a tie and dye work. The tie and dyed fabric is trendy in India and known as Bandhej. It is considered as one of the finest handcrafted fabric in the world. Gujarat is popular for their big mirror works. The mirror work can also be seen on boxes and fabric.
South India (Coconut craft, Mask making, Silk weaving)
The South Indian state or union territory is famous throughout the world for crafting beautiful Handicrafts.
- The Karnataka state is known for Wood Carvings, Stone and Ivory Carvings and Sandalwood Handicrafts.
- The state of Tamil Nadu is known for Kanjeevaram silk sarees, fine mats, objects made from palm leaves and Palmyra fibres, brass and bronze statues, metal ware, hand woven clothes, cotton and silk fabrics, stone sculptures and beautiful jewellery.
- The Kerala is popular for lace garments, embroidery work, snake boats made of ivory, gold and silver jewellery, spices, bamboo mat paintings, wood carvings, metal idol figurines, sandalwood sculptures, Kathakali dolls, Kathakali masks and doll making.
- The Southern Union Territory is famous for perfumed candles, incense sticks, handmade paper, pottery, leather items, pickles, jams and Khadi garments.
Kashmir (Woollen Handicrafts)
Kashmir is a beautiful land famous for its amazing landscapes, sightseeing and mind numbing splendour. The Shawls of Kashmir are globally famous for their finish and softness. One of the famous Kashmiri Shawl is Jamavar. Jamavar shawls are made of brocaded woollen fabrics, sometimes in pure wool and sometimes blended with cotton.
Another favourite Shawl of Kashmir is Pashmina shawls. These shawls are soft and woven from the hairs of the rare species. Another favourite Shawl is Shahtoosh shawls which are woven with the down hair of the Tibetan antelope and are renowned for their lightness, flexibility and warmness.
People say that a simple Shahtoosh shawl can be pass through a finger ring.
And when it comes to the carpets then Kashmir carpets are world-renowned for two reasons
– All carpets are handmade
– Kashmiri carpets are never knotted tufted.
Rajasthan (Gems, Precious Stones, Jewellery, Leather, Paintings, Silver, Brass)
The art and craft of Rajasthan are known around the world. Every city of Rajasthan has a unique selling point. Be it a Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Bundi, Shekhawati or any other city. One appealing thing which makes Rajasthan a worth to visit, i.e. Rajasthan Handicraft market. Rajasthan is the largest producer of handicraft items in India.
The famous handicrafts of Rajasthan include:
- Handmade Jewellery
- Carpets & Durries
- Blue Pottery
- Wooden Furniture
- Rajasthan Quilts
- Marble Crafts
- Rajasthani Paintings
- Hand crafted items – wood, ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver and gold and much more
- Precious and Semi-Precious Stones -gemstone