Kalamkari is a hand-painted cotton textile range that uses only natural dyes to draw, and colour the motifs on the fabric. There are two types of Kalamkari work styles based on the town they’re created from- Srikalahasti style and Machilipatnam style. The painting of the fabric using Kalam (pen) involves 23 steps.
Madhubani paintings originated in the Madhubani district of Mithila region in today’s Bihar. These paintings are dominated by attractive geometrical patterns that are painted using natural dyes extracted from plant components. The drawings are generally two-dimensional images.
Kutch embroidery is a signature product in the handlooms sector of India. It is created by sewing net-like geometric patterns using cotton or silk threads on cotton, silk or satin fabrics. The highlight of this embroidery work is the usage of glass bits named abhla that are stitched over these designs
The Surat Zari is a textile product, made from yarns of silk or cotton, fused with gold, silver or copper. The metallic zari threads are generally used to stitch borders on silk fabrics. The Banarasi sarees of Uttar Pradesh and the Kanjivaram Sarees of Tamil Nadu extensively use these Zari works on their saree border designs.
Kullu Shawls are hand woven textile materials made purely from wool. The shawl weaving involves tapestry technique, in which the designs that are inspired from wall engravings of temples and Buddhist monasteries that are woven in short lengths using bright colours in contrast to the textile material.
The Pashmina Shawls are woven from the Cashmere wool of Ladakh’s Changthangi Goat. The colourful embroidery works on the shawl are inspired from the floral patterns, giving a regal look to the fabric.
Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden dolls generally made from ivory-wood, rosewood, sandalwood, rubber, cedar, pine and teak. These dolls were once used to be a souvenir of Dussehra celebrations and Tipu Sultan was a patron of this doll making. The colours used to paint the dolls are vegetable dyes as it is considered safe for the children.
Warli painting is a Maharashtrian tribal art form that is one of the finest examples of folk style of painting. These paintings mostly depict nature and natural elements using three basic geometric patterns namely circle, triangle and square.
Pattachitra is a traditional cloth-based scroll painting that depicts various mythological stories and folktales. It is practised in the Eastern states of India namely Odisha and West Bengal. The paintings were first created to gift the pilgrims visiting Puri and other temples around the state. The tradition of practising the art is believed to be 1000 years old.
Aranmula kannadi or the Aranmula mirror is the hand-made, metal alloy that reflects secondary reflections typical of black surface mirrors. The speciality is, the kannadi is made by only one extended family of Aranmula town of Pathanamthitta and thus, the metals used to prepare the alloy is kept as a secret till date.
This is the art of making beautifully carved cups, nut bowls, flower vases using the coconut shell that are then broidered using brass. These shell crafts are mostly produced in the areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode
The Sanganeri hand-block printing holds a prominent place in the world of weavers and craftsmen. The block printing technique is believed to be 5 centuries old and was practised on fabrics used by the royals. Delicate patterns and lines with vibrant coloured designs are the defining factors for this kind of printing technique.
The Jaipur Blue pottery is one of the most renowned handicrafts from Rajasthan. It is made from ceramic fritz and the pots and vases got the name as the vibrant cobalt blue dye is used to add the colour and glaze to these ceramic products. The pots are adorned with motifs of florals, birds and animals with a fusion of Persian geometric patterns.
The Banarsi sarees are finely woven silk textiles that have intricately designed borders of Zari thread. The designs printed or stitched on Banarasi silks are greatly inspired from Mughal artworks like foliage and motifs
Traditionally crafted leather bags and other products are manufactured at Santiniketan and other surrounding villages of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. The leather used in production is vegetable tanned and the designs printed on the material is done by touch dyeing.
Kente is a type of colourful, handwoven cloth that originated in Ghana. It is made from strips of silk or cotton that are sewn together to create intricate geometric patterns and designs.
Ikat is a type of handwoven fabric that is produced in Indonesia. It is characterised by its unique dyeing process, which involves tying and dyeing the yarn before it is woven into the final fabric.
Persian carpets are known for their intricate designs and high quality. They are made by skilled artisans using a combination of wool and silk, and can take months or even years to complete.
Pottery is an authentic and a traditional craft dating back to ancient days and is practised in many regions of Nigeria. All the regions follow a similar pattern of making a pot, by first mixing clay with sand, leaving it overnight which is then kneaded and moulded to set partially. Finally the shaping up and tidying up of the pot happens which is then completely set by firing.
The Daapa bowls are made from burl woods by the traditional wood turning technique. The Kishuthara silk is an intricately woven silk textile fabric, produced by the women of Khoma village in Bhutan.This is one of the most sought textile by the women of Bhutan.
The chiselled wooden masks are one of the renowned handicrafts in Sri Lanka, which is made in Ambalangoda. The masks depict the Gods and Demons character from various folktales and mythologies of the land and are worn for any dance or comic acts
The Paubha traditional painting is a religious art form made by the people of Nepal. The paintings depict deities, Buddhist style of mandala art and monuments that help with meditation practices.
The Turkish ceramics craft developed in the region of Anatolia and is an epitome of Turkey’s history and culture. The vibrant geometrical patterns and floral and leaf motifs with clear outlines and shapes on these plates are the highlights of this handicraft.
One of the significant art forms from Tamil Nadu, which generally has the depiction of gods and goddesses. The painting incorporates bright colour palettes and the highlight of the painting is usage of precious stones and liquid gold for jewel, costume and border elements.
One of the antique artefacts that has detailed works with stones obtained from river bed named Kuchu Kal (mostly red and green stones) adding beauty to the work. The jewellery is believed to have originated during the Chola dynasty and used to adorn temple idols.
These are bronze idols or statues made of Panchaloha metal alloy (gold,silver, copper, zinc and lead). The statues generally depict Hindu deities. Based on customisation, icons of animals, and human figures are cast.
Thanjavur dancing dolls or Thalaiyatti bommai are part of an eclectic heritage of the beautiful handicrafts. These dolls are generally a pair of king and queen and symbolise the royal personages that ruled Thanjavur. The dolls are made from plaster of paris, sago, wood pulp, and papier mache.
These are vibrant sarees carrying intricate borders of gold woven from pure mulberry silk. The designs printed on these sarees generally represent the motifs inspired from temples and natural elements.
Tightly woven coarse cotton yarns in vibrant hues like red, violet and bright yellow is a thick mat named Jamakkalam. This native handicraft came into the market to compete with British merchandise in the 19th century.
Pattamadai pai is a collection of traditional and beautiful hand woven mats made of Korai grass. The practice of hand weaving mats originated in the Pattamadai village of Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu.
Madurai Sungudi sarees are known for its tie and dye designs. These sarees were started to be traditionally produced by Saurashtrians who migrated to Madurai during the 17th century.
Panchamirtham is one of the oldest and traditional forms of fruit jam, made from jaggery, banana, cow ghee, honey and cardamom. The speciality of Palani Panchamirtham is its shelf life is high without any addition of preservatives.
Kadalai mittai is a sweet delicacy that is crispy, rectangular chikki and is made from jaggery and roasted peanuts. The speciality of Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai is, the peanuts used are cultivated and harvested in Karisal mann (black soil) which enhances the taste of the dish while the jaggery used is manda vellam (round jaggery) prepared from black sugar cane.
Palkova is a dish made from milk and sugar. In 1921, a sweet shop named Lala sweets started preparing this sweet delicacy near Srivilliputhur Andal Temple. This now has gained global fame.
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