Wood Art in India



Indian craftsmen have perfected carving in all its manifestations using a variety of raw material ranging from wood, stone, horn, coconut shell etc. Exquisite woodcarvings depicting gods and goddesses and mythological figures are a common place amongst the carved wood products. Woodcarving is popular in the states of Kashmir, Orissa, Madhya pradesh and the Southern states. The material varies from walnut, redwood, sandalwood and teak etc. Stone carving too is popular amongst Indian crafts and is practiced throughout the country.

Delicate marble jail work from Rajasthan and Agra is as popular as the carved sculptures from Orissa and South India. Carving on coconut shells is done in the state of Kerala.

Shallow relief carving is also done on conch shells.

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