ABOUT INDIAN HANDICRAFTS
There is a wide variety of traditional and contemporary Indian Handicrafts.Buyers representatives from countries like U.K.USA,CANADA,GERMANY,FRANCE,BELGIUM,NETHERLANDS,NORWAY,SWEDEN,DENMARK,
SPAIN,PORTUGAL,ITALY,GREECE,CYPRUS,ROMANIA,ISRAEL,GULF COUNTRIES,JAPAN,TAIWAN, HONG KONG,SINGAPORE,AUSTRALIA,NEW ZEALAND, etc. come to India and choose from a vast range of products.
The myriad Indian handicrafts products well-known and lesser-known,namely Metalcrafts,Wood Crafts,EPNS Wares, Fashion Jewellery,Textile Products,Furniture and Furnishings,Laces and embroidery,Jute Handicrafts,Iron Handicrafts, Glass,Albaster and Crafted Stones,Papier Mache,Cane/Rattan Products,Musical Instruments et al are exported all over the world.The range of products cover a magnificent variety in Housewares,Giftwares,Kitchenwares,Decoratives, Tablewares,Garden articles and numerous other attractive items of decoration and utility.
All these products conform to international quality standards.Concern for and special emphasis on natural and eco-friendly products has resulted in greater participation from the manufacturers of Handmade paper,Jute,Terracotta,Textiles,Dry flowers,Alternative wood products, etc. India is committed provide unique opportunities to the visitors to obtain a valuable glimpse of great heritage of crafts and artefacts fashioned by simple folks in different parts of the country-things of beauty,reflecting their unmatched dexterity and aesthetics.
A promenade through the gateway to the age-old tradition and heritage of Indian Handicrafts:
It has been stated that India presents a paradox-a unity in diversity,diversity in her languages,costumes,physiognomy and food and in her countours and topography,equally widespread in her vast variety of arts and crafts.Truely, a microcosm of India’s long tradition of culture and civilizatio,her handicrafts demonstrate the elan of the local artisans-from rural,emi rural or urban areas. The term ‘handicrafts’ eludes a universally accepted defnition.The term denotes generally heterogeneous handicrafted decorative and gift articles.According to UNCTAD “the term ‘handmade’ should be taken to include those articles produced with or without the use of tools,simple instruments or implements operated directly by the craftsmen,by hand or by foot.Handicrafts may therefore constitute (a) articles of everyday use and (b) artefacts,i.e.,items primarily in nature. Maintaining a link with tradition and history,handicrafts continue to remain an integral part of the life of the people.Indian handicrafts are priceless legacy coming down through the ages.The age-old cultural heritage of India is reflected in things of extreme aesthetic value,things crafted by simple folks with dexterity,things of beauty and joy,ranging from the magnificent brasswares of Moradabad,glittering gem stones of Jaipur and exquisite embroidery of kashmir to the fine filigrees of Orrisa,fascinating sculptures of Southern India,Stonework of Rajasthan,pottery of West Bengal ,and the magnificent artefacts of the north-eastern States Since 1952 it has been realised that development and promotion of handicrafts would not only mean rehabilitaion of Indian craftsmen and their families(by generating productive employment),but also inculcate the creative impulse of the craftsmen to use,with singular skill and ingenuity,ordinary and mundane materials,to create and recreate,some unique objects endowed with beauty and excellenc. The things so crafted are not only a source of fulfillment for craftsmen themselves, but are also articles of utility.From the humble water-pot of clay to the carved knife,from the cloth utilised to cover the human form to the fabric flung on the back of bullocks-every piece is a work of art,enriched with vivid colors and ingenuous designs.
Handicrafts - rich vignettes in the country's landscape:
From carpets to embroidery,metal artwork to jewellery,conch shell to woodwork,ceramics to stonework,cane,bamboo
and straw to flax and fibre,papier mache to leather,horn and bone to incence and perfumery,hand printing of textiles to oil canvases and sculptures – the unending and diverse gamut of India’s handicrafts-continue to enliven visitors with an idea of the totality of India’s cultural and crafts traditions.
Metalwork,is the fine and decorative arts,objects of artistic,decorative,and utilitarian value made of one or more kinds of metal-from precious to base-fashioned by either casting,hammering, or joining, or a combination of these techniques
. ORIGINS OF METAL WORK- Metals have been used throughout recorded history as materials for making both useful and decorative objects.By the 1st century AD the working of metals in prime use today-iron,copper,tin,lead,gold, and silver-already had a long history that had begun some 11,000 years earlier with the working of copper. Gold and Silver,sacred to worshippers of the Sun and the Moon ,were at first reserved for ritual religious use,temple objects,and the jewellery and ceremonial accountrements of semisacred of figures such as pharaohs of early Egypt.
The use of Gold and Silver was extended to personal adornment,to personal belongings such as eating and drinking utensils,weapons,and equipment,and even to such furnishings as mirriors, lighting stands, chairs,Tables, and beds.Gold and silver gradually acquired an intrinsic value,which was ultimately expressed in the first coins,stamped gold and silver discs issued by the Lydians in Asia Minor during the early 7th century B.C. The base metals iron and bronze were appreciated for their strength, especially for weapons and tools; copper,tin, and lead came to be used mainly for their utility or durability-for cooking, for storage,etc. For the purposes of the fine and decorative arts,however, metals have been used either in their natural state or in simple alloys.
MORADABAD (INDIA) IS KNOWN ALL OVER WORLD FOR
BRASS ART WARES,DECORATIVE & UTILITY ITEMS FOR
SUPER FINE HANDICRAFTS IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE AS A LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF FINEST QUALITY METAL ART WARES MADE OF ALUMINIUM,BRASS,WROUGHT IRON.