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Indian Crafts

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By: Smitakshi Guha

Rich in art, history and religion, the Indian crafts are the country’s assets that define the age old art of variations in crafts, from different periods, like the Mauryan era, the Mughal era, the reign of the Marathas and many more. These crafts depict not only artistic aspects of the country but also its cultural details.

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The state of Rajasthan, known for its royal roots and heritage is one of India’s most cherished and significant craft industries. The royal Rajputs have contributed immensely in not just giving birth to art and craft to bring it into existence, but also nurtured the art, preserving it for over centuries to keep India’s artistic aura alive.

The art industry is divided into a number of small occupations, which require a lot of hard work, these include painting, puppetry, hand embroidery, weaving, fabric coloring, stitching and many other practices.

From clothing, to bags, shoes, bangles, decorative items and paintings, Indian craft is magnificent in representing vivid detailing of hand work, and also enhance the rich and diverse culture of the country.

Like Rajasthan, the state of Gujarat too is known for its splendid craft creations, especially in their clothing line, which includes embroidered skirts, turbans, duppattas for the ladies and many more. On the other hand, the north eastern state of Assam in India too is very prompt and notable in terms of its craftsmanship. From hats, to wall hangings, the state has a huge variety of craft goods to offer to the public.

Indian crafts are so popular that they have managed to acquire a spot in the international market as well. Many of these creations are exported to foreign markets, and thousands of tourists, who visit India every year, always find these creations to be attractive, and are all praises about the product as well as the amount of effort and hard work that goes into each one of them during its production.

Even famous Indian designers like Ritu Kumar, Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee have said many times that they use craft embeddings in their creations as a symbol to showcase the Indian art to the world, and also preserve its essence.

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