The word ‘Handicrafts’ refers to something that is made by hand. In this age of technology where machines are available for everything, Indian handicrafts are still very popular in the Indian as well as the global market.
Let’s take a look at some of the popular handicrafts of India
Woodcraft has been in existence in India even before the stone sculptures came into existence. The popular hubs for these handicrafts are Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Decorative Boxes, Table, and Chair, Vase, Serving Trays, Wall Hangings like Masks and Wall Brackets, Lamps, Vintage Clocks are some of the popular items in this category.
Paper Mache, developed in the Mughal Era is a famous form of paper handicraft in India. Paper pieces or pulp are reinforced with glue or starch to create a variety of articles. This craft industry is mainly located in Delhi, Rajgir, Patna, Gaya, Awadh, Ahmedabad, and Allahabad. Popular products here are wall hangings, Vase, Masks etc.
Bandhani, Phulkari, Lucknow Chiken are some of the famous forms of these handicrafts. They are very popular in India as well as abroad. Nowadays machines are being used to get such bandhani or phulkari prints but hand woven and embroidered cloth has not lost its popularity
Iron is another popular material used to create a variety of products. Showpieces that add to the table décor, wall hangings etc are available in different shapes and sizes.
Nowadays a variety of handicrafts are available online and people can shop for what they like from the comfort of their home.