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Rajasthan Art and Craft and Handicraft

April 23, 2012 | by sneha | category Indian Handicrafts
After our tour of Gujarat the second stop is Rajasthan. A place to get royal experience, a tourist destination, land of food, traditions, art and craft and handicrafts. I remember as a kid I have bought n number of jooties (mojdis) because one design was just not enough. I have wandered in the streets admiring the bandhani, leheryas and the bangles made of lac and glass. Rajasthan art and craft. Today I will take you with me to through that memory lane!
Our first stop is a

chitrashala

(a place where you find awesome paintings): Rajasthan is famous for its beautiful, out of the world and unique style of painting. The miniature paintings date from somewhere near 16th century! The best ones are found in in havelis of the Shekhawati region and Kota and Bundi (my birth place)!!From paintings on the wall to puppets in hand, Rajasthan has it all. Puppets were ancient source of entertainment and they do not cease to amuse us even today. Katputlli ka khel is the thing which fascinates modern India just the way it did years ago.These Kutputlis have sparkling eyes, colorful clothes and the look is complete with proper footwear (detailing you see). This takes us to our next stop : Footwear , generally know as mojri or jooties. These are made of leather, sometimes camel skin and sometimes something else. The work on these jooties defines its price. A tip here: oil your jooties before wearing them or else you wont be anle to walk for too long.

In our wonderful jooties now we are walking on Kota stone and are about to see some awesome jewelry.

Bangles made of lac and glass are classics (take care, do not take them near fire or they will melt!) .. A line from a rajathani song says, “Bajabandhri loom lat uljhi uljhi jaaye, Mahri rakhri ra motida bekhrya bekhrya jaaye” :) Yes rakhri, bal, bajuband, gajra and gokhru are must haves for a jewlry lover!Now we will be walking in sky! Ever desired for those beautiful carpets which would fly? Well these do not actually fly but will give you a feeling that you are above the ground.

Now lets talk about some scented art, yes the sandalwood miniature statues are amazing and so is the terracotta – beautiful mostly reddish coloured glazed pottery with different designs.Last but the most stunning is the Blue Pottery. Flower pots, vases, bowls, water pots and other objects are produced in traditional geometrical and floral motifs, as well as hand-painted details of Rajasthani legends. It is made of crushed quartz instead of clay!
So after this little tour do you feel like sharing something about your culture? Please go ahead, tell us about you.. We are listening :) Cheers!!
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Orissa Handicrafts

Orissa Handicraft : Land Of Traditional Handicraft Art.

January 31, 2012 | by Mounish | category Indian Handicrafts
Orissa the land of enchanting beauty is well known for its exquisite handicrafts. Its main handicraft consists of stone art, applique art, wooden carvings, dhokra art, lacquer art, wooden paintings and patta paintings. Centuries old, this tradition has survived the ravages of time to preserve some of the best specimen of local crafts. Age has not withered the beauty and dynamic diversity of Orissa’s traditional arts and crafts. Stemming from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship, they are a colorful testimony to the integral life force amongst an ancient people. Cross-cultural influences in religion and utilitarian trades have produced a range of gorgeous crafts that add color and creativity to their lives.Orissa’s religious heritage has played one of the most dynamic roles in fashioning the infinite variety of crafts available in the state. Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism have left their imprints on Orissa’s ancient arts and crafts as have its strong tribal traditions. Its sea-faring history too has brought in influences from Indonesia and China.Check out Our Store for wide range of handmade, handcrafted, handicrafts products.

Stone Art :

Mute stones are transformed into living expressions, the testimony of which is found on the walls of the well known Konark and Puri temples. The craftsmen, who have carried the heritage through generations, continue the age old tradition even today. The stone carvers from Puri, Bhubaneswar, Lalitgiri and Khiching today create imaginative objects for the modern men. The tools the artisans use are few and simple and consist mainly of hammers and chiseled of various shapes and sizes and with the help of these tools they create the life like statues on stone.

Stone Art

Applique Art :

One of the most important cottage industries encouraged by temple rituals was the creation of applique work. Enourmous applique canopies were traditionally held aloft the venerated Lord Jagannath and his siter Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Lord Balabhadra during the Rath Yatra. Applique art thus created now caters to the making of other applique crafts; mainly the beach/garden umbrellas, applique bags and wall hangings etc.

Applique Art

Wooden Carvings :

Wooden carving is another important handicraft of orissa. Usually light varieties of wood are preferred and vegetable and mineral colors are used. The motifs include various stylized animals and birds like horse, bull, elephant, lion, tiger, peacock, nabagunjara etc. Samples of excellence of the wood carvers of Orissa can be found in temple ceilings, carved wooden beams and doors. Some temples noted for the craftsmanship are Biranchinarayan temple in Buguda, Jagannath temple in Dharakot etc.

Wooden Carving Art

Dhokra Art :

The traditional dhokra work is a typical tribal craft in bronze with its mesh like features giving it a distinctive beauty. The tribal families of Sadeibareni a village near Dhenkanal town produce this unusual craft. Metal craft reached perfection in Orissa with a range of indigenous designs being created by its craftsmen, with craftsmen churning out numerous religious and gift items.

Dhokra Art

Lacquer Art :

Lacquer is the refuse of an insect gathered by the tribal’s in the forests. The women folk of Balasore and Nawarangpur districts mix it with colors and apply in on small vane boxes and toys etc made by the tribal’s and terracotta figures, which they make themselves. After several coats of lacquer have sealed the core, the surface is decorated with motifs borrowed from nature, geometric patterns and religious symbols. Although the visual power of color and design combine to make an ornamental effect, the artisans are constantly exploring the area of material, form and technique.

Laquer Art

Wooden Paintings :

Wooden paintings are basically pattachitras done on wooden structures like door frames or window frames etc. and are custom built items. Beautiful and creative these items decorate and enhance of beauty of many household and corporate offices all over the globe.

Wooden Paintings Art

Patta Paintings :

Even the most elementary level Orissan paintings have color and vibrancy that are exemplary. The tradition of wall painting is as old as time in this ancient state. Pattachitras are painted with bright colors and possess a charm peculiarly their own. Their pictorial conceptions, unique painting technique and line formations together with color schemes make them a remarkably original art form that is distinct from any other school of painting either in India or abroad. Palm leaf paintings also belong to this category of Orissa art where in traditional patta paintings are done on palm leaves.

Patta Paintings Art
Mizoram Traditional Art

Mizoram : Land of traditional weaving / bamboo art.

January 28, 2012 | by Mounish | category Indian Handicrafts

Bamboo industry (Bamboo art)

There are at least 20 identifiable species of bamboo indigenous to mizoram. Some 30% of the state is covered with wild bamboo forests, many of which are largely unexploited. Mizoram harvests 40% of India’s 80 million-ton annual bamboo crop. The current state administration wishes to increase revenue streams from bamboo and aside from uses as a substitute for timber, there is research underway to utilise bamboo more widely such as using bamboo chippings for paper mills, bamboo charcoal for fuel, bamboo art, fertiliser and the manufacture of pressed wall panels.

Bamboo Art Mizoram
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Handicrafts

Mizo women use hand loom to make clothing and cloth handicrafts.The local products are even fused with other materials to give them a fashionable and stylish designs. Mizos are fond of colourful hand woven wrap-around skirt called puan chei, and a matching beautiful top called Kawr chei. A multi colour Mizo traditional bag called Khiang kawi, which is creatively knitted out of bright coloured wools, is a welcome possession. A typical Mizo blanket known as Pawnpui is also used.

Basket weaving is also common. Baskets known as Em, are used and Thlangra – a plate for cleaning rice etc. are made from bamboos. In fact, a typical Mizo house is crafted out of bamboos, dry grasses, mud and wood. A traditional Mizo village has been reconstructed at Reiek – a few kilometres away from Aizawl. Though modern houses made with bricks, concrete and tin sheets are now the norm.

Bamboo Art Mizoram
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Art And Craft

Sheer abundance of beautiful handicrafts in Mizoram make it a big hit with tourists inclined towards shopping. The artists are highly skilled in transforming simple raw materials into attractive items. The craftsmen of this beautiful North East Indian state are expert in their traditional art of weaving. The weavers use bright colours and traditional designs and patterns on their looms and create wonderful fabrics. A wide variety of cane and bamboo handicrafts are also available in the markets of Mizoram. Simple yet mesmerizing such are the designs of cane and bamboo items. The beautiful handicrafts of Mizoram are also known for their durability.

The bazaars of Mizoram are lined with shops selling a wide variety of handicrafts such as baskets, utensils, hats, flower vases, furniture and other decorative items. There are several Government Emporia in the state where these items are available at reasonable prices. Most of the shopping centres are located in and around Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. Bara Bazaar is one of the famous markets located in the capital city of the state. Other known bazaars are the Ritz market, Burma Lane, Bazaar Bungkawn, Thakthing Bazaar, New Market and Solomon cave. Take back home some great handicrafts from Mizoram.

Handloom and handicrafts are the oldest industries of Mizoram. For the development of these industries in the state, Mizoram Handloom and Handicrafts Develoment Corporation Limited was established in the year 1988. In order to acquaint the local craftsmen with the new modern techniques and designs in the field of handicrafts Crafts Development Centres have been opened in the capital city of Mizoram.

Weaving Art Mizoram