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Mirroring India in its Crafts

India-crafts.com endeavors to tell the story of Indian arts and crafts. For many around the world, ‘India' is synonymous to exotic arts and handicrafts traditions. Traditional Indian art is governed by a variety of functions, which are interlinked, with complex cross-currants of perceptions and awareness on the parts of the artists and the patrons. This can be meaningfully understood only through a comprehensive study of the social, cultural and religious contexts of Indian arts and handicrafts. India-crafts.com attempts to study and narrate the legends, contexts and present scenario of Indian arts and handicrafts. Each state of India has its own tradition and legacy of handicrafts. West Bengal, Karnataka, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and all the other states of India are famous for more than one of their characteristic handicrafts. From pottery, metal craft, woodcraft, stone works, gems and jewelry, textiles, leatherwork to mesmerizing paintings, hand crafted games, traditional toys and dolls, carpets and floorings and awe inspiring sculptures and statues - India has perfected almost all the arts and handicrafts known to humanity. At India-crafts.com, you are welcome to browse through all these exotic colors, designs, patterns and marvels of Indian arts and handicrafts.

Textiles of India:

India has a diverse and rich textile tradition. The origin of Indian textiles can be traced to the Indus valley civilization. The people of this civilization used homespun cotton for weaving their garments. India had numerous trade links with the outside world and Indian textiles were popular in the ancient world. Indian silk was popular in Rome in the early centuries of the Christian era. Hoards of fragments of cotton material originating from Gujarat have been found in the Egyptian tombs at Fostat, belonging to 5th century A.D. More...

Prologue

The history of Indian arts and handicrafts is as old as its civilization. Human beings walked the Indian earth and picked it to make the earliest of pottery. Colored stones and leaves were used in making paintings on cave walls to express his perceptions and views. That also started the tradition of handcrafted home decorations, murals, paintings and sculptures. Stones were molded to make the first of utensils and weapons, and today, India has become the treasure trove of precious and semi-precious gems, stones and jewelry. Indian handicrafts, thus, have its roots in antiquity. The first reference to Indian crafts can be dated back to the Indus Valley Civilization (3000B.C-1700B.C). Indian handicrafts including paintings, sculptures, textile, jewelry, woodcrafts and much more have flourished and acquired distinct regional and periodic characteristics. These hanadicraft traditions have withstood the ravages of time and continue to evolve in a dynamic and vibrant manner. Read more...