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Shivani wood handicrafts of Karnataka

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Shivani wood statues in Cauvery Emporium

Most art and crafts of Karnataka are produced by using traditional methods, which has proved to be the hallmark of fineness in craftsmanship for Karnataka artisans.

The temples and monuments in Karnataka are the living examples of stonework and the perfect skills of the craftsmen in the state. Moreover, these crafts have been going on for generations.

Paintings, ivory carving, sandalwood crafts, rosewood craft, Shivani wood craft, Mysore silk etc., are some of the many stunningly beautiful crafts seen in Karnataka. 

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Shivani wood handicrafts
Wooden idol carving in Bagalore

Wood Works or woodcarving is an ancient and very popular craft of Karnataka. The temples of the state and their architecture showcase the most impressive works of wood in Karnataka.

The detailed designs done on wooden ceilings, doors etc., show the best of such works. The wooden works are done by means of traditional methods. Many idols of deities are also a part of this beautiful crafts.

Shivani wood statue – Sarawathi

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Shivani Wood carving in Karnataka began in Gulbarga during the period of the Nayakas in the Indian history.

Craftsmen skilled in doing intricate wood carving in different kinds of wood, were brought in to work in the palaces of the Nayaka Kings. These craftsmen had a very unique style, as they were skilled in incorporating regional forms and techniques. 

Shivani wood statue – Krishna
Shivani wood statue – Parvathi

The process of wood carving begins with making a sketch on the wood and outlining the basic shape with a chisel. While rough cutting is done with flat chisels, carving tools are used for the fine carving. A smooth finish is given by filing and sandpapering the surface. 

Shivani wood statue – Shiva as Nataraja
Shivani wood statue – Krishna playing flute

Wood like Shivani, Neem and Teak is used for making carved doors and pillars, deities and wall panels depicting mythological scenes. The craftsmen derive inspiration from Hoysalan, Chalukyan and Rastrakutan styles. 

Shivani wood statue – Hindu God Shiva

A recent innovation is the use of metal images in the wood carving, especially for the main deity.

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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 :

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