We all celebrate festivals with great joy and enthusiasm. We also spend a lot of money behind decoration of pandals or houses, food, clothes and other things. But all our celebrations would remain incomplete or next to impossible without the contribution of artisans for making beautiful idols of Gods and Goddesses. For us, it might be just a few days of celebration but it is the major source of earnings for the artisans. It is only because of their art that we bring huge or small beautiful idols at our home or pandals to worship them. It takes days and nights, weeks and months for an artisan to complete the making of perfect idols.
One such art of Idol making can be seen in Bengal during the time of Navratri. Bengal Artisans Contribution for making Durga Idols can be seen at Bangali Akhara near Langartoli. Splash of colours will overwhelm the visitors of Bengal when they visit Bangali Akhara. It is the house of idol-makers during Durga Puja.Continue Reading
Arts and Crafts are a profound part of any culture. Arts & crafts describe a range of architectural style that sprang to life in about 1880, remaining popular until the 1920s and still informs design today. It also underlines the essentiality of ethical values that these various types of arts encapsulate within it. With the changing times, there is a rapid shift in taste and preferences of people which are making arts and crafts adapt according to the modern lifestyle!
Modern day home decor tastefully designed with various artistic objects
Navratri is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. It is a Hindu festival, with all nine days representing the nine manifestations of the powerful Goddess Durga. The story behind celebrating Navratri is Good winning over Evil. Goddess Durga also known as “Navadurga” is worshipped in her nine different forms; this is an important ritual of Navratri puja. This festival is celebrated for nine nights and ten days, where the tenth day is celebrated as ‘Dusshera’. Navratri is celebrated across India. But this festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and fever pitch in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Southern Parts of Karnataka. In West Bengal it is celebrated as Durga Puja. Navratri, the festival of nine nights will be celebrated this year from 1st October 2016. Continue Reading
Pottery is the first synthetic craft material ever created by humans. The term refers to objects made of clay that have been fashioned into a desire shape, dried and either fired or baked to fix their form. Due to its abundance and durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past. Over the times, the material used in making of pottery has augmented and it is giving rise to many amazing forms of pottery art.
We say that we are proud of our rich culture of arts and crafts. But do we really care about the facts of Indian Handicrafts ; do we value the scrupulous efforts and the contributions of our artists? The product that we buy is their hard work and dedication for keeping the authentic taste and the new trends and designs in mind. Well, after reading these interesting facts about Indian Handicrafts you will know exactly why Indian Handicrafts are renowned and valued worldwide.
The famous Silk saris also known as Kancheepuram Saree of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, has legends that state that the weavers of Kancheepuram are the descendent of the sage Markanda known as the Master Weaver of Gods. It is said that silk fabric was the most loved fabric of Lord Vishnu and this is the main reason that there are number of hand-looms around Lord Vishnu’s temple in Chennai and the weaving traditions are quite unique. Every Kancheepuram saree is made from one of the world’s best and superior quality silk. Hand woven from the pure mulberry silk, it takes one week time to complete one saree. After carefully extracting silk yarn it is dyed with vibrant and rich color and weaved with Zari. The silk used in making the saree is one that is not cut or broken. The Zari used is made using pure gold or silver. One Kancheepuram Silk Saree can fetch up to Rs 1, 00,000. Continue Reading