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Handicrafts of India - Part 2

by Sundari Silks 30 Apr 2021
Handicrafts of India - Part 2

Keeping the core of our culture intact for centuries, India's indigenous handicrafts and artefacts are a living legacy and a testimony to the perseverance and passion of our artisans. Spanning the length and breadth of our country, each region has a unique craft that is proudly proclaimed as its heritage. While the most prominent purpose of these handicrafts is for home decor, they are also created for more functional, cultural and religious roles. More of a community than an industry, the handicrafts sector in India is made up of over 23 million artisans and craftspeople whose livelihoods depend on safeguarding this culture by reviving and revving up these timeless handicrafts. Join us as we resume our journey across the nation to discover the most distinct and divine handicrafts.

Bidriware (Karnataka)

With humble origins in the town of Bidar in Karnataka, this metal craft makes use of a blackened alloy of zinc and copper, along with pure silver inlay work to create flower vases, jewellery boxes, trays and other keepsakes. Developed during the Bahamani Sultans reign in the 14th century, it is considered a symbol of wealth and features a melange of Persian inspired motifs.

Thanjavur Doll (Tamil Nadu)

Thanjavur dolls, fondly called 'Thallyatti Bommai', is a traditional dancing bobblehead that is delicately handmade with terracotta. Its roots can be traced back to the 19th-century regime of Saraboji in this region and is an integral part of Navaratri celebrations. The techniques and tricks are passed from generation to generation and are a delightful blend of art and science. Detailed decorations and hand paintings on this doll are inspired by the vibrant dance forms of south India.

Bamboo Handicrafts (Assam)

A traditional and sustainable ingredient, bamboo is an integral part of the Assamese lifestyle. With an abundant supply of this green gold fibre, local communities are made of skilled artisans who deftly transform this lightweight material into an array of utilitarian and unique products. From everyday items like mats, furniture, toothbrushes and kitchenware to showcase pieces such as musical instruments, there is a huge scope for this eco-friendly craft in today's world.

Thangka Painting (Arunachal Pradesh)

A delicate and detailed painting done on a base of cotton, silk or applique, Thangka paintings are an important teaching tool that depicts a Buddhist deity, spiritual scenes, illusionary geometric patterns, flora, fauna and mandalas. It is said to have developed from ancient Buddhist paintings that were found in India's Ajanta Caves and the Mogao Caves on the silk route. The symbolic paintings are created with mineral and organic pigments, along with 24 carat gold on special occasions. They are intended as a tool for personal meditation and monastery guidance with meaningful inscriptions at the back.

Kataka Tarakasi Work (Odisha)

A 500-year-old art form from the eastern coastal town of Tarakasi in Odisha, this intricate and dainty silver filigree is world-renowned for its finesse, excellent finish, fine foils, textures and snowy glaze. The artisans use an alloy comprising more than 90% pure silver which is beaten, drawn into wires and foils, and then put together to form a plethora of mesmerising jewellery pieces, vermillion boxes, mirror frames and other souvenirs.

Blue Pottery (Rajasthan)

Identified as the traditional craft of Jaipur, it gets the name blue pottery due to the striking cobalt blue dye that is used in the process. With Turkish and Persian origins, it made its way to India through the Mughal courts and found a place in our hearts. Handmade from quartz and multani mitti, one of its main attraction is that it does not develop any cracks making it great for daily use. Beautiful Mugal era motifs, animal and bird designs are hand-painted on it while the pot is rotated. From plates, pots, vases and pitchers to doorknobs, coasters and glazed tiles, the options are endless.

Pith Work (Tamil Nadu)

Thanjavur's shola pith work refers to handicrafts made from a lightweight, sponge wood in milky white tones which is cultivated in the marshy regions of the Deccan. The deft expertise of the craftspeople as they use basic tools such as knives, moulds and scissors to make intricate carvings is truly a marvellous feat. Inspired by the region's stunning temples and idols, most of the handicrafts are designed as their miniature versions which are further fixed to a wooden based and covered with glass to protect and preserve it for years ahead.

Rugs and Carpets (Jammu and Kashmir)

The scenic valley of flowers is home to the timeless craft of hand-knotted rugs and carpets made primarily from pure wool and silk. These handmade rugs are famous across the globe for the exceptional workmanship reflected in their intricate designs and details. Woven in bright jewel-toned colours of sapphire, ruby, emerald and aquamarine, it is believed to be a symbolic representation of Kashmir's hospitality and warmth. The motifs are rooted in the communities ethos and culture, and feature designs such as the tree of life, paisley, oriental flowers and chinar tree amongst others.

Built on the premise of culture, fueled by the heritage of craftsmanship and brought to life by the desire to care, Sundari Silks celebrates the essence of India. Celebrate the joy of gifting with us and our repertoire of indigenous handicrafts and artefacts. Be it wedding favours, celebratory gifts or corporate event souvenirs, we believe that meaningful gifts translate into memories of a lifetime. From product customisation to bulk orders, we are a one-stop destination for all your ethnic gifting needs. For enquiries and orders, write to us at or give us a call on +91 9176280099.

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