Indian Exotic Crafts

Glimpse into the world of versatility and simplicity of Indian Crafts

Handicrafts are, by definition, ‘made by hand’ using simple energy efficient tools, with minimum environmental impact and a low carbon footprint, using locally available natural raw material. Crafts are produced in a community-friendly manner and are of great artistic and functional value. The Indian crafts sector can enhance the promotion and development of crafts, and build a brand identity for Indian handicrafts that meets these global concerns. We need to create a brand identity for Indian handicrafts that distinguishes it from those available in other countries and one that is synonymous with sustainability, style, quality, artistic excellence, and authenticity.

“Art is not a handicraft; it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” -Leo Tolstoy

The history of the Indian crafts industry goes back to about 5000 years from now. The Indus valley civilization is abundant with numerous examples of crafts of ancient times. It is a prestigious fact that India possesses a rich craft tradition characterized by high degree of technical excellence in the fields of weaving, jewelry, pottery and sculpture.

Sustainable Fashion - (1) Tie and Die From Rajasthan (2) Assam weaves

The India's cultural heritage is reflected throughout the traditional weaves of the country. While the crafts of Rajasthan like tie-dyeing is perceived as the roots of international fashion aesthetics, the unique Gujarati craft of Bandhani produces such interesting patterns on scarves and sarees which women love to flaunt. In Gandhi’s words, Assam women are born weavers they are capable of weaving even fairy tales out of their looms! All the states of India have their own identity in the world of crafts, each of which is unique and exclusive in its own right. While most people know about the mainstream crafts and weaves, there are still unknown gems from various parts of the country that people have not heard about.

Sustainable Fashion - artisanal works

Apart from textiles, the ancient handicraft styles of metal crafts, wood crafts and paintings reflect the diverse tradition and culture of India.

Every state of our country has so much to offer that it’s difficult to pick just one. The concept of souvenirs in a way fits our country like a jigsaw puzzle. Let’s have a look at all the beautiful crafts housing in different states so that when you’re out travelling, you know which souvenirs to pick.

  • Andhra Pradesh – Kalamkari ; Bidri Craft; Paagadu Bandhu; Banjara Embroidery ; Wooden Toys ; Tie Dye or Ikkat Textiles ; Leather Puppets ; Dhurrie Weaving;
  • Arunachal Pradesh - Bamboo and Cane bridges : Dalo ; Bead Craft ; Wood Crafting ; Flattened Bamboo containers - Muwang Cha
  • Assam – Eri silk Spinning ; Bamboo furniture ; Bamboo art of Assam ; brassware ; Coiled cane work
  • Bihar - Madhubani Painting ; Terracotta ; Sujuni Embroidery ; Sikki Grass Craft ; Khatwa Applique work
  • Punjab - Phulkari Embroidery ; Mitti da Kaam – Pottery
  • Chattisgarh - Painted Clay ; Dhokra Lost Wax Metal Casting ; Bamboo Basketry ; Pata Weaving ; Bronze ware
  • Daman and Diu - Crochet and Lace work
  • Goa - Kashta kari wood carving ; Menawati candle making ; Otim kaam brass ware ; Boat making ; Coconut based crafts ; Terracotta ; Dhaatu kaam - Copper Ware ; Goa Fibre craft ; Maniche kaam- Bamboo craft
  • Gujarat - Lipan ; Painted Terracotta ; Kachchhi Embroidery ; Rogan Painting ; Bandhani Resist Dyeing ; Namda Felted Rugs ; Leather Work ; Wood & Lac Turnery ; Wood Carving ; Ajrakh Printing; Silver Work ; Lohar Ka Kaam- Bell Making ; Bullock Cart Making ; Moti Kaam ; Applique embroidery ; Bead Work: Wood/Metal Embossing ; Kite Making : Patang ; Block Making Ritual Cloth Painting ; Patola Weaving ; Mashru Weaving ; Aari Embroidery ; Pithora Painting ; Bohra Caps; Stone carving; Mata Ni Pachedi ; Furniture Bamboo Crafts
  • Haryana - Sarkanda Craft ; Palm leaf Craft : Phoos ; Pula Brassware Craft: Peetal Ke Bartan ; Jutti- Leather footwear ; Haryana Surahi- Pottery Craft
  • Himachal Pradesh - Lost Wax metal casting ; Silver Jewellery ; Chamba Rumaal ; Chamba Painting ; Thangka Painting ; Metal Work ; Embroidery on leather ; Doll Making; Thakkar ka Kaam ; Wood work of Dharamsala ; Basketry ; Knitted Socks ; Pula chappal- Grass footwear ; Kullu Shawls
  • Jammu and Kashmir - Kari Kalamdani / Kar-i-Munaksh ; Knotted Carpets :Kaleen ; Embroidery: Kashidakari ; Gabba embroidered rugs ; Namda - Felted Rugs ; Crewel work and Sozni ; Dun/Akhrot Naqqashi ; Wicker Work: Kangri /Shakshaj ; Copper Ware: Naqqashi /Kalai ; Walnut ; Wood Carving : Basohli Painting ; Thangka Painting ; Khabdan - Pile Carpets ; Woolen Textiles ; Paabu - Stitched boots ; Hand Spinning Woolen Pile Rugs: Jammu and Kashmir; Wood Carving: Pinjrakari/ Khatumband ; Thigma -Tie Resist Dyeing ; Metal Work Basketry ; Painted Wood
  • Jharkhand - Bamboo work ; Musical Instruments ; Black Terracotta ; Wall Painting of Hazaribagh ; Jadu Patua Painting ; Dhokra Lost Wax Casting ; Tribal Jelwellery
  • Karnataka - Panchaloha ; Stone Carving: Shilpi ; Wood Carving Wood & Lac Turnery ; Sandalwood carving – Santalum ; Metal Casting ; Bhoota Figures ; Yakshagana Costume Making ; Tibetian carpets ; Metal Casting Kanchu ; Rosewood Inlay ; Wood Carving; Gesso Painting of Mysore ; Bidri ; Terracotta and Pottery ; Kasuti embroidery ; Navalgund dhurrie ; Areca Palm Leaf craft ; Embroidery : Lambani ; Sheet metal embossing ; Surpur Painting ; Banjara Embroidery
  • Kerala - Koramat weaving : Paya ; Bell Metal Utensil : Odu ; Wood work ; Coconut Based Crafts ; Coir Work ; Boatmaking craft: Vallam ; Metal Mirror - Aramulla ; Ramacham Root Products ; Horn Carving : Kombu ; Screwpine craft : Thazha ; Pooram Crafts ; Bronze Casting ; Wood Carving : Marapani ; Kathakali and Theyyam Head gear ; Bronze casting ; Netturpetti jewellery boxes ; Symmetric wood stringing
  • Madhya Pradesh - Wood carving ; Pithora Painting ; Block Printing ; Terracotta ; Leather Toys ; Bandhini Tie Resist Dye ; Wood carving ; Paper Mache ; Zardozi - Gold embroidery ; Bohra caps ; Jute craft Wood and lac turnery; Dhokra - Lost Wax metal casting ; Stone Carving :Pathar Ka Kaam ; Wood Carving ; Terracotta & Pottery : Maati Ka Kaam ; Gond Chitrakari- Tribal painting
  • Maharashtra - Kohlapuri chappal -Leather footwear ; Ganjifa cards ; Wooden Toys ; Chandi che kaam - Silver Ware ; Sitar - String Instrument ; Terracotta & Pottery : Kunbhaarkaam ; Tambat Kaam - Copper & Brass ware ; Uthavache kaam - Metal Embossing ; Metal Dies & Metal Casting: Rupantar Kruti ; Bidri ware ; Dhurrie weaving ; Ambadi - Sisal craft ; Banjara Embroidery ; Warli Painting ; Bamboo Work: Kalk Kalakruti ; Patua kaam - Jewellery stringing work ; Brass Musical instruments ; Maharashtra Stringing of Flowers: Pushpa Grathan
  • Manipur - Traditional Bamboo Products ; Thongjao Pottery ; Bell Metal Work; Reed Mats - Kauna Phak
  • Meghalaya - Bamboo Rain Sheilds – Knup ; Garo Bamboo House – Nokachik ; Bamboo Carrying Baskets
  • Mizoram - Cane stool ; Bamboo Basketry ; Gourd Craft
  • Nagaland - Wood Carving ; Kophi - Cane Baskets ; Lion Loom Weaving
  • Orissa - Ganjappa Cards ; Cowdung Toys ; Coconut Shell & Betelnut Carving ; Brass & Wood Flexible Fish ; Brass and Kansa ; Talapatrakhdai: Straw Craft Brass & Bell Metalware ; Solapith Craft Wood Carving ; Pipli Applique ; Kotpad Sari ; Sea Shell Craft ; Coir Craft ; Lost Wax Metal Casting ; Dhokra Bamboo Craft Lac Products Paddy & Root Craft ; Wood Carving ; Dongaria Scraf - Kapragonda ; Kathokama ; Bandha Yarn Tie Resist Dye ; Katki chappal ; Brass Ornaments ; Leather Footwear: Chanditarkashi
  • Pondicherry - Terracotta & Pottery- Mann Panai ; Sea Shell Crafts ; Soap Stone Sculpture ; Koramat Weaving: Korai Pai
  • Rajasthan - Blue pottery ; Meenakari & Kundan Lac ware ; Quilt Making – Razai ; Leheriya:Resist dyeing ; Mojari Mati Ka Kaam ; Namda Felt ; Kagaz Sanjhi Paper stencils ; Bahi Clothbound Books ; Pathar Ka Kaam ; Handmade paper ; Leather footwear ; Block Making ; Terracotta ; Stone Work ; Koftgiri Weaponry ; Thewa Gold leaf work ; Kathputli ; Wood & Lac Turning ; Kinari Kaam ; Tarkashi ; Phad Painting ; Miniature Painting ; Leather work ; Usta Kaam ; Gangaur Idol Making ; Meghwal embroidery ; Bitti Chitra Sandalwood carving ; Puppet Making ; Gota Work ; Metal Inlay in wood ; Gesso Painting ; Wall Painting ; Terracotta (Pokhran) ; Metal Engraving ;Terracotta of Molela ; Silver ware ; Wood work ; Bandhej - Tie Dye ; Seep Kaam: Shell Craft ; Bone work ; Musical Instruments ; Wrought Iron Work ; Pattu Weaving ; Panja Durrie ; Weaving Camel Trappings ; Pichhwai Paintings ; Chandi Ka Kaam ; Damascening Kawad
  • Sikkim - Ku - Buddhist Figurines ; Choktse – Tables
  • Tamil Nadu - Kora Mat Weaving: Pai ; Shell Craft : Chippi ; Palm Leaf Work ; Stone Carving- kal silai ; Thanjavur Glass Painting ; Thanjavur Art Plate ; Jamakalam ; Toda Embroidery
  • Tripura - Traditional Bamboo Products ; Bamboo Furniture Katlamara ; Tripuri Textiles ; Pressed Claywork of Melaghar
  • Uttar Pradesh - Tarkashi - Metal Inlay ; Nakashi/Khudai ; Bamboo flute ; Cane furniture ; Pottery (Khurja/Chinhat) ; Stone Inlay ; Soft Stone Carving ; Knotted carpets ; Glass Work ; Sanjhi : Paper Stencils ; Chikankari Embroidery ; Metal work embroidery: Kaamdani/Fardika Kaam ; Chandi Ka Kaam ; Sheet Metal work ; Terracotta & Pottery ; Calligraphy:Quitabat ; Bone Carving ; Clay Toys ; Tharu Applique ; Black Pottery ; Wood & Lac Turning ; Kalne Ka Kaam/Nakkashi ; Toys & Dolls ; Carpets and Durries ; Enamel Work ; Silver work ; Zardozi embroidery
  • Uttarkhand - Aipan - Ritual Floor Painting ; Nettle fi bre craft : Bichcho ; Ringaal – Basketry ; Rambaans Natural Fiber Craft ; Tibetan Carpets
  • West Bengal - Chhau Mask ; Lac Coated Toys ; Beaten Silver work - Rupor Kodai ; Wood carving - kather Khodi Shilpi ; Stone carving ; Coconut shell carving - Nar Kol Mala ; Wooden Toys ; Sherpai Measuring bowls ; Kantha Cloth Embroidery

Sustainable Fashion - artisan - bicycle sculpture

Every state of our country has so much to offer that it’s difficult to pick just one. The concept of souvenirs in a way fits our country like a jigsaw puzzle. Let’s have a look at all the beautiful crafts housing in different states so that when you’re out travelling, you know which souvenirs to pick.

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