India and handicrafts
Shilpa Attavar | 09 Aug 2009

India, since time immemorial has been known for its rich and vast culture. This consists not only of the age old Natya Shastra and Bharata Muni?s transcripts but also of its creativity in different forms. Dance, music, paintings, embroidery, pottery has been a part of our tradition and to support the same, we have handicrafts. Handicrafts are also called craft work, which involves hand made products like wall hangings, carpets, pillow covers and a huge list of other decorative items.

Such products have immense religious significance in our society. A peculiar feature of handicraft is that they do not involve usage of machinery. Man force is the largest force that operates behind the making of a handicraft item. Such items have a purpose behind its making. This purpose may be for using or wearing by an individual. Hand made goods generally seek more appreciation than outside machine made goods. This is because a large amount of pain and labour goes behind making a finished product. The amount of hard work that goes into the making of a hand made product is indeed commendable.

This is basically an art form that started almost 5000 years ago during the Indus valley civilization. Every nook and corner of India has some fabulous talent and the art of making handicrafts is one of them. This receives local as well as worldly attention and keeps its eye on foreign as well as domestic trade. Value for art and talent never diminishes and the same applies to handicrafts. As discussed earlier they involve paintings, jewellery, wedding cards, textiles and metal work. They can be further classified as silk painting, cotton painting, gem stone painting, miniature painting and so on.

Rajasthan has always been known for its royal and majestic palaces. Jaipur, most commonly called as the Pink City is the heart of such handicraft products. Jaipur handicrafts have a variety of jewellery like silver jewellery, lac jewellery or metal jewellery. It is believed that marriages are made in heaven but they are sent on earth to make this marriage a success. Wedding cards can also be decorated in a very traditional way with the help of handicraft. This not only gives it a traditional look but also makes us remember our art. Thus the Indian handicraft opens its doors to an ethnic and elegant India, a land of rich culture and civilization.