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All Indian states have their own styles of art and crafts, creating an extraordinary treasure trove of unique craftsmanship.

In fact, the rich and exotic appeal of high-quality handicraft goods produced by communities and tribes across different cultures and regions of India ‑ be it through the bold use of colours, patterns, texture or design ‑ is simply awe-inspiring, spanning the unknown, unheard of corners and the remotest interiors of the Indian subcontinent.

The stunning beauty of these arts and crafts has not only attracted demand for them in a big way just from the internal domestic market, but has also enabled this sector to carve a niche in the International Global Markets.

This had made India one of the world’s largest exporters and suppliers of some of the breathtakingly beautiful handicrafts.

The crafts of India are diverse, rich in history and religion.

The crafts of each state in India reflect the influence of different Royal Empires of the past, that have ruled this culturally magnificent country, down the ages in Indian history.

Throughout centuries, crafts have been embedded as a culture and tradition within India’s extremely creative rural communities.

Interested in buying some of these artifacts of different regions of India for decorating your living room space or office?

Or would you like to buy one of these creations of some of the brilliant craftsmen of India, as a lovely gift for Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Christmas, Anniversary, Birthday, Marriage or Thanks Giving? 

Here are some posted right underneath for you to explore and choose from, for your easy convenient purchase

Here is a small selection of some of the stunningly beautiful ethnic arts and crafts of India, collected from multifarious sources, with heartiest thanks to these brilliant craftsmen of India.

Our heartiest thanks also go to the dedicated photographers, who’ve made these images available to the art-loving world :

Kriahnanagar clay dolls
Kriahnanagar clay dolls
Kriahnanagar clay dolls
Brass oil lamp of Tamilnadu

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Swamimalai bronze statue

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Nachiarkoil brass oil lamp

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Nachiarkoil brass oil lamp – Kutthu Vilakku

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Bhoga Shakti : Swamimalai bronze statue

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Parvati : Swamimalai bronze statue

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Pattachitra painting of Odisha

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Pattachitra painting of Odisha

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Pipli applique embroidery garden umbrella, Odisha
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Thanjavur painting

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Ganesha : Thanjavur painting
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Yashoda with baby Krishna : Thanjavur painting
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Baby krishna : Thanjavur painting

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Bankura terracotta horse
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Khavda pottery of Gujarat
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Metal Crafts of different regions of India  

Metal Crafts includes metal work using Zinc, Copper, Brass, Silver, Gold etc. Some of the traditional ancient metal handicraft styles of India are Bidriware, Pembarthi, Dhokra, Kamrupi, Moradabadi brassware, Swamimalai bronze, Nachiarkoil brass lamps etc.  

Due to its striking inlay art-work, Bidriware is an important export handicraft of India and is prized as a symbol of wealth. The metal used is an alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver.  

Pembarthi metal craft is a handicraft made in Pembarthi, in the Telangana state of south India. These crafts are popular for their exquisite art works. This meticulous art-work of brass flourished during the reign of Kakatiya empire. Kakatiyas extensively used this art-form to adorn chariots and temples.  

Dhokra is metal craft using the lost-wax casting technique. This sort of metal casting has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still used.  

Kamrupi Brass and Bell Metal products of Kamrup in Assam are famous for their beauty and utility. The State Museum in Guwahati has a rich collection of these metalic wonders.    

Crafts of Bihar  

Bihar is renowned worldwide for its cute Madhubani paintings. Bhagalpur paintings, also known as Manjusha Art, are also very well known, and so is the extraordinary delicacy of local quilting.

Crafts of Rajasthan    

Rajasthan, renowned worldwide for its Royal heritage, is an Indian state with prominent and well-established craft industry. Craft remains a tradition in Rajasthan, preserved over centuries by the stronghold of the Royal Rajput emperors of the region.

Craftsmen in Rajasthan see this not as an occupation for livelihood, but rather as a mark of respect to their glorious heritage. Decorative patterns adorn all art and craft-forms in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthani craft industry is iconic to the identity of India, with many of its popular styles arts and crafts reaching the global international markets.

Tie-dyeing is an example of how international fashion aesthetics have evolved from these simple, age-old crafts techniques of Rajasthan.  

Crafts of Gujarat  

Gujarat is renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its ethnic textiles. Located near the border of Rajasthan, the two states share similarities in crafts culture and identity.

The ancient Indus Valley Civilization inhabited the entire region once, which in its turn has influenced the entire textile industry of the region.

Hand block printing is a widely used and popular form of textile printing in this region.

In Bandhani style, which is a unique Gujarati craft, fabric is tied at different sections before dyeing to create patterns. This art-form through dyeing has emerged from the highly creative rural communities of this Indian state.  

Crafts of Assam
In the far eastern region of India is located the state of Assam, a state recognized for its ultra creative use of the local raw materials in textiles and crafts.

Assam was one of the states whose craft-work was exhibited in the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum in 2010, showcased to the then US first lady, Michelle Obama.

Production of silk fabrics is iconic of Assamese textile industry. Silk is the most valued raw material of Assam,  It is mostly the local women who weave these silk fabrics, using a domestic loom.

Mahatma Gandhi had remarked once that ‘Assamese women are born weavers, they weave fairy-tales in their cloth’. Domestic weaving is an important craft for Assamese women, and their marriage and future is seen to depend upon this brilliant skill.

Weaving holds a beautiful cultural value in Assam. The silk and textile industry is also an economic resource to the state with over 25000 families associated with this craft. Cane and bamboo crafts are also unique to Assam.


Crafts of South India

The diverse religious beliefs of south India has had a great impact on the crafts of this region of India.

The region has seen the rule of various foreign empires such as the Mughal, Portuguese, Dutch, French and British, along with the local Dravidian empires of the great Cholas, Cherans, Pandians, Pallavas, Chalukyas and other Royal Dynasties of the region.

Each has left its unique mark and unique style on the traditional local arts crafts and textiles.

Dravidian style, stone carved temples of Tamil Nadu reflect the influence of the most ancient Hinduism, whilst Roman Catholic churches echo the impact of the British rule.

Temple carvings are symbolic of the brilliant craft skills in the Tamil Nadu region.

The Meenakshi temple of MaduraiArunachaleshwarar Temple TiruvannamalaiChidambaram Nataraja Temple etc reveal and prove the extraordinary skills and utmost devotion put into these craft-works by the craftsmen and sculptors of the ancient and medieval times.

Each section of Meenakshi temple is a sacred shrine to a Hindu deity. 

North of Tamil Nadu is Karnataka, a region renowned for its wood and stone carving.

The forests of this region provide extensive supplies of raw materials, mostly rosewood. For wood workers, crafting magnificent statues for large temples is a major source of income.

The forms of characters from Hindu mythology in the statues are most artistically and carefully carved with a chisel by the local craftsmen.


Spread India's Glorious Cultural & Spiritual Heritage

By Mala Chandrashekhar

Though academically trained in modern Western Sciences, Blogger Mala Chandrashekhar is a crazy maniac of India's ageless, timeless ethnic arts, crafts & textiles. The rich & glorious cultural & spiritual heritage of India is a subject extremely dear to her heart, and the whole of this Blog has been dedicated to spreading the immortal glories of ancient India worldwide, to every nook & corner of the globe, through these simple Blog-posts. Any constructive criticisms & suggestions in this regard for improvement of the Blog 'MOST WELCOME'. Also, High-Quality Guest Blog-posts 'MOST WELCOME". LinkedIn Profile : https://in.linkedin.com/in/mala-chandrashekhar-04095917a