“You know the one thing that works with pattern is with another pattern” This particular thought precisely sums up the art of Bohemian decor.
India being a land of multiple cultures, religions, norms, values and beliefs has a major influence on people’s perception of an Art. Kantha work is one such beautiful embroidery art which has a great significance in handloom industry and it’s been fruitful to many artisans. So, how did Kantha work evolve over the time and what makes it so special in Indian fashion? I have a take on that.
India is a land of art and crafts, where each art has its uniqueness. The handicraft and handloom industry reflects best of India with its appropriate usage of resources using excellent craftsmanship, intense labour and creativity. One can clearly witness novelty of the art in variety of Indian handmade products. Every handmade gift has a story, and India has a variety of perfect gifts for everyone in your list. These handcrafted products are not only a great gift but it is hard to get them anywhere else in the world.
Here is the list of best handmade gifts you can give to your loved ones.
1. Bamboo Bags and Crafts from Assam:
A women’s love for bags is never ending. Each and every bag is precious and close to their heart. Handmade bags have their own unique charm. Bamboo bag is one of them; these bags are eco-friendly, hand-woven using bamboo strips and way more stylish and classy than cotton or leather bags. The art of making bamboo bags in India is immensely done in Manipur, North East India. You will find handmade bamboo products like bags, mats, baskets, jewellery boxes, home decor accessories and a lot more in this region. There is a variety of bags like handbags, slings, totes, clutches and wallets using bamboo fibre that can be gifted to your mother, wife, sisters, daughters and friends on their special occasions like birthday or anniversary and festivals too.
World famous Luxury Brand for bags “GUCCI” also has special handcrafted bamboo bag designs and is promoting the bamboo craft since 1940 till date. Click here to see the process of how such luxury brands makes bamboo bags.
Indian handicrafts are predominant part of Indian cultural roots. India is a country full of rich culture and heritage, this reflects in its art and crafts. Many Indian handicrafts like blue pottery, wooden crafts, dhokra art, block prints, kantha work, bidri work, marble art etc are commonly known worldwide. There still exist handicrafts that are lesser known but hold back to the eons old arts of India. Following are 7 mesmerising Indian handicrafts that you never knew about.
Channapatna in Karnataka is known as town of wooden toys. Craftsmen with their amazing skills make toys from wood. You might be thinking there are big industries manufacturing toys. But Channapatna has small scale industry where craftsmen make attractive and traditional toys. Some industries are so small that the work is done right outside the homes of these skilled artisans. But, the majority of them are shops where four to six people can work together. This craft of making wooden toys is an ancient family tradition that has survived many generations. It was a decade back that the entire industry suffered a huge loss because of high demand and competition from the Chinese toy market. It was the time that these toy designers had to shut the shop and go elsewhere in search of work for earning bread. But, when the world found that these plastic toys were toxic and not safe for children, the demand for these wooden toys raised again as they are made from wood and natural colours which is totally safe for the kids. Presently, these Channapatna wooden toys are highly demanded worldwide and have a major market place in countries like Europe and United States.
Did You Know:The Channapatna toys of Karnataka can be found in ‘White House’. YES!! Michelle Obama, during her recent trip to India was overwhelmed and very impressed with these wooden toys and bought some of them to take back to the White House as mementos.