About Indian Handicrafts
The art of working with metals was know to Indian crafts men since thousand B.C. artisans. The artifacts unearthed reveal the skills of these craftsmen and their ability to engrave carve and sculpt. The bronze workers of Chola period further this fact with beautiful statues they are an artistic marvel.
The iron pillar of Ashoka period is a living relic that personifies Indian crafts men ship.
The raw materials being used were iron, copper, bronze, silver, gold and white metal. The wax model sculptures are not only examples of artistic skills but use of technological process since early periods.
Subsequently the craftsmanship in India grew day by day encouraged by local Landlords, Kings and Queen who become collectors of these precious works of arts.
As time went past the range of arts and crafts items increased dramatically with advance of technology and availability of materials. The handicraft industry became more and more localized with crafts as a way of earning and sustenance.
The diversity of the country with regional ethnicity and diverse tribal culture resulted in specialization of the art form and new handicraft product range began to immerge carrying its own hall mark style and characteristic.
The different states and regions of India have their own distinct style and character and the products available are unique. In India there are many communities and tribes which specialize in a particular type of art form dedicated to making handicrafts, designer dresses and home decorative items as carpets & wooden furniture.
States like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and many more specialize in handicraft production. These products are the handiwork of individual societies and artisans and communities rather than the organized sector. The Chanderi and Maheswari Sarees are popular women dress item hand woven in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The saris are large cloth embroidered and artistically crafted worn by women in India. Like wise Chanderi suits are also veru popular in India and abroad.
The role of organized sector especially handicraft dealers and exporters is to make the products available worldwide The products marketed by Indian Handicrafts exporters and dealers goes a long way in proviing employment and sustainence to communities as it did in ancient times in India. .
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