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Mahishyas , the weavers of Midnapore in the southern corner of West Bengal are skilled at weaving the most popular mats Madur. Weavers weave this on an uncomplicated frame loom made out of bamboo....
The work is done on a cardboard enclosed with crepe-silk or khadi cloth. Sketch is first outlined on the crepe-board and then the paddy strands are parted along the lines of the sketch.Colour...
The subtropical region of Asia, specially India, Bangladesh and China is most popular for Jute. Jute craft is most popular in this region and is derived from the fibre of a reed like plant. The warm...
Micro-calligraphy and painting on rice grain(s) is an old Indian tradition. This craft requires immense concentration, neatness of hand, and keen eyesight. The engraved rice grain is usually enclosed...
Namdhas are soft textures rugs made of felt are used for floor covering. These are commonly used in local regions. Beautiful embroidery with coloured woolen threads are crafted having the floral,...
The women of Manipur hand knit woolen shoes which are 100 percent pure. The are made in multicolours and the soul is fixed at the bottom. There is no specific design to the product. These shoes...
Tribals of Tripura are very fond of dressing up in their self designed and self yarned clothes. The tribals have been very instrumental in keeping the age old system of traditional looms alive in...
Coloured paper on which small iron nails are fixed is used for this craft form. The base is the board with nails and desired designs and motifs are raced out of thread. Themes for the craft are...
The paddy craft of Orissa is a languishing craft which is practised in the district of Koraput, Kalahandi, Balasore and Bolangir. The tribes of Ghond who have been detribalized and have taken to...
The gharchola is the traditional Hindu and Jain wedding sari and the numbers of squares in it is ritually important, being multiples of nine, 12, or 52. The making of the gharchola is a complicated...
A reed is a firm-stemmed grass, with a hollow stem that looks like bamboo. It is a sturdy material and reed mats are used as walls for structures and roofs. The reed is first split and shaved before...
Paboos, the local shoes are great protectors to feet from acute chill, frost bite and snow of this area. The paboos are made of hessian cloth, coarse yak hair, used wool felt, thigma and hair of the...
Broom-making is an extremely relevant example of using specialised craft skills to create items of everyday use - of the merging of utilitarianism and craft technique and skill in the artisans' hands...
Kiritams, the expressive headgears worn by Kathakali dancers, is designed for the part played by the dancers";" pacha (green) is for the benevolent and noble while kathi (knife) symbolises evil and...
Decorative, colourful strings, knotted together into a woman's braid or designed into hair buns, parandas form an important part of women' attires in Punjab. The tassels are highly decorative: red is...
Sikkim is the home of three distinct races --- the Lepchas, the Bhutias, and the Tsongs. Lepcha women folk work on traditional back-strap loin- looms. . The cloth woven by the women is used for women...
Kuhila koth (Indian cork) is one of the main handicrafts of the Batadrava area of Nowgong district. Kuhila is cultivated in the low-lying, marshy areas. The portion that remains below the water is...
Gauri Puja is an important Hindu festival and is celebrated in all parts of Maharashtra. Decorative Gauri heads in traditional style made from brass are cast in Pune. Other types of Gauri heads, are...
The garlands of Tamil Nadu are well known for their imaginative arrangement and juxtaposition of colours. This is a traditional craft. Arali buds and flowers are collected and woven into garlands for...
This is a tribal craft which has a unique beauty in it self. The craftsperson?s of patwa tribes string the glass beads in the threads and design beautiful necklaces, hair pins and bracelets. Coloured...
Hammocks are made in Auroville. This is a non-traditional craft and young people who are good with their hands and willing to learn are involved. The raw material --- jute --- comes from the...
For the Adivasis or the tribals Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh the tattoo marks have a social importance and so they widely practiced this art of tattooing. Though the tattooing is done almost all...
The lasingphee or quilted cotton material is woven on a fly shuttle loom. These are extremely warm and soft. This quilting material has an inner lining of cotton, which is stuffed at regular...
This is known as the art of skilled hands by the locals. Artists weave fabric into attractive flowers which are made out of paper, cloth and different kinds of materials. Floral wreaths are also...
Traditionally these bowls were made of wood and inlaid with engraved brass foil were used to measure rice. The engraved brass foil bore beautiful shapes of birds, fishes and flowers. Today these...