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India is Incredible! This appears absolutely true when we look at rich traditions of India in various aspects from education to Heritage, Handicrafts to culture, Language to geographical diversity. India is one of the richest countries to keep alive the cultural heritage with unnumerable collection of arts and crafts. With awe-inspiring works from ancient era of Ramayana or different rulers, India inspires with unique craft traditions from various states. The legacy has passed over the years and ingenuity of work has found inherited in craftsmen work from generations.
Tourism in India attracts tourists from corners of world due to inherited culture and heritage inherited in deep roots of country. Artifacts prepared on daily basis are insights of personal artistic expressions, national pride moments, heritage and identity of artisans. You can find all these in simple form of household objects, souvenirs, decorative art piece, clothes and many more. The versatility and thoughts of artisans is clearly visible in their creations.
Come, Let’s have a look at centuries back Craft Tradition of India across various states:
India Art & Craft Tour will take you to unparallel world of Handicrafts made with different materials, techniques and usability. Some will cater to daily needs of household chores while some are distinctive for decoration or other defined purpose. Some of the popular crafts found in India are Pottery work with Clays, Basket weaving, Mat making, Toy making, Paper Mache, Conch Shell work, leather craft, wood carving, Stone carving, Metal crafts, Inlay Work, Glasswork, Textile handicrafts, Handloom Weaving, marble sculptures, Gems and Textile traditional art. The Stone Carving work is appealing on pillars of temples in South that proves the superiority and endeavouring work of artists.
Starting with Regional Traditional Crafts of South India, have a look at Craft tour of various States:
1.) Crafts of Orissa:
With unending collection of Orissa handicrafts, you will get definitely overwhelmed. Silver utensils work, stone art, metalware, folk painting, silk and cotton handloom, horn work, applique work will make you time travel in age-old tradition. Inimitable craftworks by different tribes of Orissa are renowned over the world. Give eye-soothing views with witnessing stone carving on the walls of the Jagannath Puri Temple, Konark Sun Temple and Lingaraja Temple revealing the superiority of artists. Apart from that Orissa produces exquisite hand-made trousseau sarees & Nuapatna.
2.) Craft Tour of Karnataka:
Famous for unique metal handicraft, also knows as Bidri Art with striking inlay artwork. The metal used is alloy of zinc & copper converted in black, then it gets encased with thin sheets of pure silver. Stuffed leather toys, pouches, lampshades and Pith Flowers made from Shola plants is equally famous. Textiles with embroidery and applique work can also be found in art centre, Karanataka. Various furniture as Coffee Table, wall hangings can be found made up of Sandalwood and rosewood.
3.) Craft Tradition of Tripura:
Tripura is famous state in North-East with attractive designs done on bamboo. With art of beautiful weaving, art workers produce table mats, floor mats, wall panels, planters etc. Visitors will also find furniture made of cane, ordinary yarn, palm leaves and silk. Handlooms prepared with elaborated designs counted under main industries of state. Witness the mesmerizing collection of handicrafts including Tripuran Tribal Jewellery, baskets, furniture, ivory work, lampshades etc.
4.) Brilliant Crafts of Maharasthra:
Known for distinct furniture tradition, find sofa sets, bookshelves, racks, cabinets, tables with reflecting patterns & delicate carvings. Flourishing artworks trending from Maratha rulers can be observed in traditional jewellery made of pearl and Gold. Ajanta & Ellora caves present heritage and stone art on sculptures. Worli Paintings are finest examples of tribal folk paintings that are found on walls of village huts using geometrical shapes as circle, triangle, square, diamond in proper coordination. Inspired with daily life of villagers, painters use white paint made with grinded rice and water.
5.) Handicrafts of Rajasthan:
True appreciators of craft works must visit Rajasthan as the state boasts huge number of handicraft houses. The shops have handmade sarees, natural coloured print work, antiques, jems & jewellery, furniture, wood carving items, leather ware, paintings, puppets & stone carvings. Hand made permanent colours is visible in Royal Forts of Rajasthan. A blend of Mughal and Rajputana artforms can be seen in clothes, ammunitions, utensils and decorative pieces. Jaipur is centre of lovely Sanganer prints on cotton fabrics, tie & die sarees, brocades, ivory carvings and marble statuettes, etc.
6.) Wool Weaving Art of Himachal Pradesh:
Weaving art on woollen shawls by local women workers form every house is no surprise. Himachal Woollen clothes, shawls are famous for striking patterns & colour combination. You will also find wooden carvings and products with best handwork.
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7.) Handicrafts of Kashmir:
For woollen designs and world-famous traditional Pashmina Shawls are nowhere found except Kashmir. Made with raw unspun wool sheared from Changthangi goats give you warmth just with one thin shawl. An elaborate process is followed to produce the shawl so that output turns very soft. Choose your favorite pattern on your Kashmir trip from three famous ones- twill (sada Bunai), diamond (Chasm-e-bulbul), herringbone style (Gada Kond). Besides Shawls, you will find Carpets, leatherwork, Silverwork, and unique handloom pieces.
8.) Art & Craft Tour of UP:
Uttar Pradesh is one of the best traditional states of India with varieties of art, craft and handicrafts work. The sate is melting pot of cultures, traditions of civilizations and dynasties. No one is unknown of Chikankari work of Lucknow which is delicately done on cloth pieces to give that a unique look. The well-known craft form makes base of textile industry and give many fabrics like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza etc an appealing look. For hand-paintings move to Farrukhabad, handmade bangles with Lah & glasswork, go to Firozabad. Varanasi- a spiritual hub of India is famous for silk sarees, brassware, brocade work. Banarasi Silk Sarees woven with gold and silver threads captivated the International Market. Other names are Moradabad for metal enamelling, Nagina for ebony work, Mirzapur for Chini clay pottery and toys, Mirzapur for hand-knotted tufted carpet weaving. Various flooring items as Woollen Durries, chain stitch rugs, namads made of jute, coir is easily found. Taj City Agra boasts great junction of handicraft work on carpet, marble items & furniture works.
9.) Art of Bihar:
Madhubani paintings of Mithila region in Bihar presents folk art- one of the oldest Indian art forms depicting tales of old-traditions and epic eras. Traditionally made with matchsticks dipped in naturally made colours and different shapes, patterns.
10.) Art of Gujarat:
Hand work of Zari and embroidery is best observed in textile hub, Gujarat. A Traditional craft with golden Zari weaving on various cloth material. Artisan’s use intricated designs and techniques to spun the fabrics that result in brilliant piece of cloth. For best finish and uniqueness, best alternate is Kachchi crafts of Gujarat. Bhandhani work, delicate beadwork, patch works, traditional lacquer and wood work are specialities of state.
11.) Lepcha Weaving art of Sikkim:
An ancient artform of weaving handloom with yarn of Sisnu plant. Mixed with various colours, various products as bedspreads, curtains, bags, cushion covers, tray clothes are prepared using the fabric. It is the most unique art form of India and praised by art lovers.
Craft Tourism in India has achieved immense popularity which is highly valuable for domestic as well as international tourists. With the Craft Traditional Tour of India observe the level of excellence, intricacy hidden in aesthetic work of craftsmen. Crafts of India will definitely bring some thing special for you to carry beautiful memories and souvenirs for your home and loved ones.