Indian Arts and Crafts are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered and celebrated by larger sections of the general public. Thus, TIHG brings to you 8 traditional arts and crafts from all over India that just not just riveting, but also are made by artisans and craftsmen with rich histories.
Traditional to West Bengal, Sholapith basically is a form of art that is made from the milky white core that is found in the eponymous plant (Indian cork). Pressed and then moulded into incredible pieces of art, these not only boast of being beautiful but are also considered pure, auspicious and sacred.
Metal artwork at its majestic best is what this craft from the Bidar district of Karnataka. Developed in the 14th century, this artwork gives us impeccable vases and other décor items that are incredible to look at in the guise of utility pieces.
Ganjifa or Ganjafa are playing cards that are found in Odisha and they offer us the chance to play a card game that is part of our tradition while at the same time has remained unknown to us. Unlike the the playing cards that we are used to, these cards are colourful, bright and aesthetically mesmerizing to look at.
Traditionally associated with the state of Manipur, Longpi pieces have become quite popular in the recent times. Offering a matte black look that is enhanced by the detailing on the handles. Unlike the usual pottery pieces, these unique Longpi masterpieces are made out of rocks found at the banks of the Longpi river. Classic and yet irresistibly stylish, is what is bringing renewed attention to these beauties.
Dhokra Metal Art
Popular in India and abroad, these metal statues have a unique appeal due to their distinct style and folk motifs using lost-wax technique to mold copper alloys. They have the ability to be the accent pieces that both enhance the chosen theme of a space or be the defining pieces around which everything else is based.
Karimnagar Filigree Work
Classic to the Telengana state, these silver beauties are a delicate combination of intricate details and careful balance. Each piece is exquisite due to the care and attention that goes into making each piece of this art, whether it serves as items for utility or decoration.
Windows can never be a boring frame that gives you a window to the outside world. With the incredible craftsmen of Kashmir, Pinjrakari has been people the chance to use intricate patterns as an enhancer to what can be viewed from the outside, as well as the inside.
Paintings that are of the Rajasthan region but have attracted many due to its incredible renditions of religious stories on a Phad or long piece of cloth, is called a phad painting. Traditionally painted usually vegetable colours, these phads are 15 to 30 feet long depictions of folk heroes that are incredibly enchanting.