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.
2. Dhokra Figurines from Chhattisgarh:
Dhokra is one beautiful art form of Chhattisgarh. The products are made by the metal smiths of Dhokra Damar tribes hence named as Dhokra art. Handmade dhokra products like figurines, wall frames, table decor products, sculptures and other artifacts has an elegant allure and exquisiteness. They not only look antique but have richness and look exotic when used as a home decor. Each dhokra art piece looks different from one another as they are purely handmade. Lost wax casting technique and brass metal is used for making the artifacts, hence the products are little expensive as compared to iron metal products. This art of making dhokra products is rooted 4000 years back and still is in demand. The oldest form of this metal art is the Mohenjo-Daro dancing girl figurine.
Gift these exceptional dhokra antiques and decor products to your loved ones and make them feel special by having such old art form added to their decor. Click here to buy such antique dhokra gifts.
3. Pearl Jewellery from Telengana:
Telengana is also known as ‘City of Pearls’ because of its solicitous benefaction of the Nizams, who ruled over two centuries. During their magnificent sovereignty they made sure that these rare pearls were imported from the Middle East, which laid the foundation of business of pearls and Hyderabad became world’s most famous destination to buy pearls in India. There are two types of pearls – the real rare ones are obtained from the oyster shells and the other one is cultured.
Though named as the ‘City of Pearls’ the fact states that the rare pearls are imported mostly from Tuticorin (India), Basra (Iraq) and Venezuela; the cultured ones are imported from China.
Once the pearls are imported to Hyderabad they are sent to the village of ‘Chandanpet’ outside Hyderabad. The entire village is involved in the exotic art of pearl drilling. The people of this village are practising this art for ages and have made Hyderabad one of the largest pearl drilling centres across India. You can buy most unique designs and authentic pearl jewellery from Hyderabad. This amazing pearl jewellery is a perfect handmade gift for your loved ones to make them feel royal and special.
4. Ayurvedic Products from Kerala:
Ayurveda is 5000 years old science of life and longitivity, rooted in pristine land of India. It is the oldest healthcare and healing system that is followed worldwide. Kerala is blessed with in-numerous medicinal plants that provides the continuity and consistency of Ayurveda medicines needed for effective treatment procedures. The same herbs with the same potency are available year after year across every season. The rich alkaloid content of the soil enhances the intensity and potency of many Ayurvedic medicines grown here compared to any other places. You can buy Ayurvedic items like face packs, massage oils, natural soaps and other skincare products for yourself and also gift it to your loved ones.
5. Kauna Work Chairs and Cushions from Assam:
Kauna work products are reflection of creativity and craftsmanship of Manipuri artisans. These products are best handmade gifts. Kauna is a type of reed that grows in marshes and wet land of Manipur. By using their skills and crafts people of Manipur utilise these reeds for making products like chairs, bags, mats, cushions, stools, tables, baskets, boxes, figurines, wall art and many more. You can buy best Kauna gifts from Manipur as a utility product or as a souvenir.
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6. Kantha Work Quilts and Covers from West Bengal:
Kantha is an art of stitching beautiful embroideries by rural women of West Bengal. The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done with soft dhotis and saris, with a simple running stitch along the edges. The embroidery is done on many products like cushion and pillow covers, quilts, bed sheets, mirror covers, box covers, jackets, bags and many more products. These kantha work products make a perfect handmade gift for your loved ones with a personalised touch given to it by the rural artisans.
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7. Bidri Work Vases and Boxes from Karnataka:
Bidri work is a popular art form of metal ornamentation reflecting the skills of craftsmen of Bidri village from Karnataka. The Bidriware products are made using an alloy of 94% zinc and 6% copper. Bidri work is 500yrs old art which has its roots developed in Bahmani Kingdom; it was a blend of local styles of Turkey, Persian and Arabic countries. Bidri work articles were brought to India by Nizams of Hyderabad and the art is still followed in many parts of India, Karnataka being the centre of Bidri art. Before, it was used for making vases and pots, but now it is used to make jewellery boxes, bowls, earrings, trays, glasses and various show piece items. Since these products are made from zinc, so their colour is black. After casting, they are smoothen-ed and a planned design is engraved. Then the products are polished and oxidised after inlaying of silver. Various flowers, leaves, human and geometrical figures are carved for giving a rich texture and design to these Bidri work products. You can buy Bidriware as a beautiful handmade gift specially made by skilled artisans of India.
So where ever you travel in India, you will surely find a special and unique handmade gift for your loved ones!!