Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Indian Handicrafts: A Class Apart


India being a rich heritage of art and culture is known for its various ethnic craft items. Indian handicrafts are high in demand specially outside the country, as they are a perfect blend of traditional designs and modern techniques. Moreover, after agriculture, export of handicrafts is becoming the second largest employment generating sector. Indian handicrafts account for 1.5 per cent of the total exports. And that is why number of artisans are found engaged in the business of pottery and other craft work. Some of the most popular craft items include antique armoury, zari items, jewelry, pottery, embroidered stuff woodwork, sculpting, textiles, and knitted goods,etc.

There are loads of reasons behind the popularity of Indian handicrafts, one of them is the exceptional and artistic designs that exhibits the Indian culture. Moreover, India being a multi cultural region offers an enormous range of handicraft products, where each state is having their own handicraft USP.

The craftsmen who are engaged in this work from years use various creative methods to shape the unique craft items in a different way. And to make the craft items more captivating, Indian craft work is mixed with delicate designs and aesthetic spirit. The techniques which are used are enamel, inlay, Paint, Phulkari, EPNS, Filigree, Sculpture, Chikan, embroidery, ribbons, Bronze Casting, Hand printing, Pulido, weaving and tie & die.

Tops with well defined patterns woven on them and each handicraft item speak clearly about the dexterity of the Indian artisians.
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