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Incredible Facts That Prove The Uniqueness Of Indian Handicrafts

by SaleBhai Team - 02-Jun-2016 - Decor & lifestyle
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How much do you know about Indian handicrafts and their uniqueness? While we brag about our rich culture and heritage, there is a question that we all must ask ourselves. What are we doing to preserve and support these invaluable forms of art? Hollow national pride counts for nothing if we fail to value the painstaking efforts of the actual contributors of these wondrous crafts. When was the last time you gave Indian handicrafts online shopping a try? If the answer is ‘Never’, I will give you some interesting reasons to buy handicrafts onlinein India

 

When art becomes the protector

Madhubani artists proved the real strength of art in 2012 when they created masterpieces on tree trunks near State Highway 52 of Bihar.  The colourful artworks not only stopped deforestation of the area, but also made Madhubani district in Bihar a major tourist attraction. This unique effort did what many environmentalists and social activists couldn’t do.  Yes, it happens only in India.

 

The truth about Tanjur paintings

There is a popular belief that Tanjur or Thanjavur paintings only have Hindu gods and goddesses as subjects. However, the truth is very much the opposite. As a matter of fact, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Sikhism, and many other religions have been exquisitely depicted in Tanjur paintings. These exotic artworks show the true spirit and ethos of India.  

 

Tanjore Painting

 

When Pattachitra became an awareness tool

Pattachitra is a 1000-year-old art form that involves narrating stories using scrolls. Traditionally, epics and folktales were the focus areas of Pattachitra. However, this unique rural art has evolved with time and now speaks on various social and geopolitical issues. From HIV to terrorism to unemployment, modern Pattachitra is creating social awareness effectively and efficiently. 

 

Pattachitra

 

Kalamkari is still a big hit

Kalamkari is an ancient organic art of fabric painting. This age-old art is surprisingly doing well in the era of high-tech textiles and artificial colours. However, when you consider the creativity and delicate artwork involved in this 100% natural art form, you might not find its success surprising at all. 

 

The marble stone-craft of Agra

Did you think the legendary stone-craft of Agra is another famous thing of the past? Well, you are wrong. This timeless art form has been passed on over several generations and is still one of the most sought-after crafts. 

 

Marble Stone craft

 

The legendary Warli art

Dating back to 2500 BC, this ancient art has survived the tests of time and evolution. Mostly seen on lanterns, paintings, walls, mugs, and bed-sheets, Warli art is highly rated by all art lovers.

 

Warli Art

 

Global craze

The British museum showcases around 1000 Indian paintings that date back to the 17th century. These masterpieces were publicly displayed in 2007 to celebrate India’s independence. 

 

 

The unchanged process of making Meenakari jewellery

Meenakari jewellery is one of the few pure art forms that did not get altered with time. Every single piece of jewellery goes through the same number of craftsmen as it did 500 years ago. The jewellery moves from the ‘nacquash’ (designer), to the ‘sonar’ (goldsmith), to the ‘kalamkar’ (who engraves the design), to the ‘meenakar’ (who applies the colour), to the ‘ghotnawala’ (polisher), to the ‘jadia’ (stone-setter), and lastly to the ‘patua’ (stringer).   

 

Meenakari Jewellery

 

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