Sound of temple bells, sparkling water of Narmada, flickering diyas and the tall Maheshwar Fort of Queen Ahilyabai, standing behind the Ghats. The story of quintessential textile “Maheshwari sarees” is a lot more than just wrap and weft!!!
Indian handicrafts represent the eons old art, culture and traditions of India. These crafts are a representation of the many unique sub-cultures within the country. Today Indian handicrafts are included in our day to day life decor and utility. The blend of modern and ethnic decor is a new trend. Today even after facing many issues and lack of basic requirements the artisans are thriving hard to keep their art alive.
The treasures of India’s handicrafts and textiles that once occupied a pride of place in the lives of royalty today lie lost in the chronicles of time!!! Fighting a battle of survival with the trends-driven dynamics of the contemporary marketplace, the artisans are struggling to keep the traditional art of India alive along with the help of government and private sectors.
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.
Phad painting or Phad Art is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practised in Rajasthan state of India.This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colours.
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The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries. Presently, Shree Lal Joshi, Nand Kishor Joshi, Prakash Joshi and Shanti Lal Joshi are the most noted artists of the phad painting, who are known for their innovations and creativity.
Noted examples of this art are Devnarayan Ki Phad and Pabuji Ki Phad.
Why natural is better choice over synthetic in today’s restless time? Where everything has become so instant and rapid; our basic needs have expanded to quick meet up with the solutions. With the excess of technology, modernisation and urbanisation we are forgetting the efficiency of naturally occurred products which is ultimately creating a lot of inconvenience for us in the ways we could not realise or accept.
With our wide religious diversity found in country we have many different costumes, apparels of different ethnic groups and people along with their natural product choices. Each costume is designed according to local culture and tastes. These costumes are also preferred as per the local climatic conditions in particular region. But, with the changing times, people are comfortable experimenting with the costume material which has apparently given rise to many artificial and synthetic materials; for instance, people from colder region are opting to synthetic wool clothes as a replacement of usual local material like Pashmina. There is lots of popular fabric materials that are famous among the general population, both naturally occurred as well as artificial ones.
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