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The crafts of India are diverse, rich in history and religion, reflecting the influence of different empires. Throughout centuries, crafts have been rooted as a tradition within rural communities. Indian crafts have a distinctive niche in the world of crafts.Tribal and village craftsmen engage in creating these traditional crafts made of varied materials like brass, wood, bamboo, stone, terracotta and so on. The unique tribal ornaments from different states too are in high demand. Our crafts and handlooms are world-renowned, and we have a wide collection of handloom, paintings, and embroidery.
Life and creativity are inseparable in the case of tribal art. They have a unique sensitivity, intense with myth and legends. Their art is the real expression of their life and hold their passion and mystery.
Tribal art from different regions are known by different names such as Patachitra, Warli, Sauraand and so on. The work is expressed through paintings, dhokra metal craft, longpi pottery, and embroidery to name a few.
Warli art has its origin from the racked and unknown walls of the village of Warli in the state of Maharashtra. This art form can be traced back to the neolithic era (2500-3000 BC).
The Warli folk art of imagination, beliefs and customs, spontaneously expressed in unpretentious monochromatic tribalstyle, has travelled across the borders and reached connoisseurs and collectors.
With the recent exposure and entry of a new generation of Worli artists, the urban culture is making its way into the paintings in form of modern elements, making it globally recognized.
The Saura paintings' inimitable association with the people of Orissa, delineates their description of life and the close association of man and nature, through an array of remarkable grounded and earthy pictography.
Executed on cloth, this simple yet vivid depiction of the art form, speaks the primeval yet universal language of the connection between man and nature.
Saura tribe of Orissa, areamong one of the most ancient tribes in the world. They were known to have a tradition ofinvocating spirits. The modern expression, is an unification of early memories and the agrarian society.
The linear yet illustrative storytelling engravings of the patachitra paintings, also known as palm-leaf paintings are an intricate art, rooting back to Orissa.
History stands testimony to the fact that most ancient Indian manuscripts were etched on palm leaves.
Though it has similarities to talapatra, palm leaf art has developed its own rules and conventions and stands out as a distinct school with its understated yet evident brilliance.
In early 80s, some of the Pardhan Gond painters started painting on paper and developed a most unique style of painting using bright colors and simple forms, decorated with dots and lines. Subsequently, this style was popularly known as Gond painting.
These ritual paintings, characterized by animated figures and lavish use of color, propagated by the Rathwa, Bhilala, Naik and Bhil tribes of Gujarat and MP, are a labor of love, associated with great sanctity. As with most art forms, the ingredients used for making Pithora paintings are natural.
While evolving with the changing environment, Pithora art successfully kept its essence and unique style alive.
Traditionally the Gadwas, Gonds and Dhurwas tribes of Chattisgarh State which was part of Bihar earlier practice the Dhokra art with lost wax technique or hollow casting.It involves patterning a clay core intricately with wax ribbons and then coating it with a mix of clay and hay. The wax is subsequently melted off, and the cavity formed is filled with molten metal, an alloy of copper and tin. When this solidifies, the craftsmen reveal the beauty of the creation by cautiously breaking open the clay shell.Dhokrahas many variants. Jallyispracticed mainly by Jhara and Gond communities living in Ektaal and Baigandhi areas of Raigarh district of Chattisgarh.JhitkuMitki lovestory idols practiced by Gadwa Tribe.Todiis practiced by Gadwaand there are many more.
Named after the village of Longpi in Manipur, the Thankul Naga tribes practice this exceptional pottery style.
Unlike most pottery, Longpi does not resort to potter's wheel. All shaping is done with the hand and with the help of moulds. The characteristic grey black cooking pots, the stout kettles, quaint bowls, mugs, mostly with a pacing of the fine cane is a trademark of Longpi - an absolute must for eco-friendly enthusiasts!
Embroidery in India includes dozens of regional styles that vary according to regions.
Designs are formed on the basis of texture fabric and the stitch. Permutations and combinations of the dot, circle, square, and triangle constitute the design. Some of the famous ones are mentioned here:
Mainly practiced in Kashmir and Kutch(Gujarat).
Practiced by the Lambadi tribe of Andhra and Karnataka is a mix of applique with mirror and bead work. Bright red, yellow, black and white colored cloth is laid in bands and joined with a white crisscross stitch. The banjaras of MP have their own style where designs are created according to the weave of the cloth, and the textured effect is achieved by varying colors and stitches of geometric patterns and designs. Motifs are highlighted by cross-stitch.
Mainly originated in Lucknow (UP) this involves use of white thread on white muslin, fine cotton, or voile, fine almost sheer fabrics which showcases the shadow work embroidery best.
This is mainly found in Karnataka. Kasuti is done with single thread and involves counting of each thread on the cloth. The patterns are stitched without knots, for both sides of the cloth to look alike. Stitches like Ganti, Murgi, Neyge and Menthe form intricate patterns like gopura, chariot, palanquin, lamps and conch shells, as well as peacocks and elephants in fixed design and patterns.
Kutch embroidery technique known asAribharat, named after the hooked needle forms the chain stitch.
Kashmiri embroidery is known for the skilled execution of a single stitch.The entire pattern is created using chain stitch.
This workis made by Rabari or Rewari community of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This very colorful style, using stark contrast was traditionally used for garments but now used seen in bags, furnishingsand accessories too. Mirrors of all shapes and sizes are fused in thework as a result of the belief that mirrors protect from evil spirits.
Introduced by Kathi community, the technique involves chain stitch, applique work and mirror-like insertions.
Applique or Pipli work originates from Pipli village of Odisha and some parts of Gujarat too. Brightly colored, patterned fabric pieces are sewn together on a plain background to create a beautiful patch work.
This art originated in Persia. Little pieces of mirror in various sizes are encased in the decoration of the fabric by interlacing thread and buttonhole stitch. Toda embroidery originated in Nilgiris (TN)and Zardozi embroidery was introduced by Moguls etc.
The intricate floral designs on lamps, under cut soapstone animal carving and marble inlay work are exclusive crafts created by the craftsmen from Agra.
The Pashmina shawls are world famous and a wide range in diverse quality and price range are available. The secret lock boxes and walnut furniture with intricate carving is of course unique to Kashmir.
The blue pottery work of Jaipur, Rajasthan like flower vases, drawer knobs, crockery and even jewellery are ancient items, but still in high demand.
The wood inlay work from Hoshiarpur, in Punjab, Mysore in Karnataka and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh are best in the world. The brass inlay in the wood carved furniture from Saharanpur is exclusive. North East leads in bamboo work which are outstanding. Every state in India has got theirown exclusive enchanting handicrafts, handlooms and embroidery. We have taken utmost care to add specialized items from each and every state in our list.