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  • Science behind Buddhist Handicrafts

    Many consider Buddhism as an art of living, rather than a religion. Well, the belief is quite true since many follow Buddhism to find peace and harmony in life. The home science, popularly known as Feng Shui in Chinese mythology is mostly based on Buddhist beliefs of life and living.

    One of the core belief of Buddhism is One self is constantly changing with time, even when you feel that you are the same person throughout your life. Buddhism teaches that art of living and its origination from different energies and vibrations that are present in the Earth's crust. The term, 'Om' is often related to Buddhist teaching and is considered as the first vibration that was naturally present in nature when living organisms came into existence. Today, there are different kinds of Buddhist handicrafts found in themarket, which is considered as a science to livelihood.

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    Many people keep Buddha idols and incense sticks at their home without knowing the science of its existence. So, here we will discuss the scientific aspects of Buddhist handicrafts. According to a scientific Journal CellPress, published in the US, it has been proved that most beliefs behind Buddhism and Buddhist handicrafts that people keep in their home are real and directly related to the change that exists constantly.
    What is the most important aspect that keeps you living? Of course, its positive energy, determination and hope that keeps us alive. When Buddhist teachings came into consideration, it came with different perspective of bringing positive energy, hope and determination through some physical materials which are known as Buddhist handicrafts. Buddhist handicrafts include Buddha Idol, Incense sticks, Idols of Laughing Buddha, and different types of paintings, gems and stones.

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    Remember those Stones that were used when you went for a SPA? Those stones are a natural source of energies that helps to improve blood circulation. And that is the reason why they are rubbed into one's body whenever you go for a body massage. Another Buddhist handicraft is the main idol of Lord Buddha. Feng Shui science says, looking at Buddha idol, can bring peace to your mind. Hence, they are always found decorated with rose petals and incense sticks in Yoga rooms, meditation rooms and many living rooms too.

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    It was published in the Journal CellPress, that these beliefs are actually scientific since these handicrafts are made up of natural elements found in Earth's crust and they tunes with your nervous system, thus improving your willpower and blood circulation. According to neuroscience, this tuning creates an illusion in our brain which helps our mind to think positively about everything around us.

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    The Chinese home science called Feng Shui science, which is often used as an Architectural science to position different corners of your home, also follows Buddhist beliefs. And that is the reason, why big mansions that you may visit, have big pots of scented water and Buddhist idols. Feng Shui says that this handicraft keeps negative chi out of reach and if any negative vibes entered the room, the positivity that already exists inside the room work on it and pushed them away.

    Today, science says, keeping Buddhist artefacts at your home helps to live to a positive lifestyle.

  • North Indian Handicrafts from Ancient Age

    Indian Handicrafts are known to the world and are popular. Handicraft is an art of making crafts by hands and it is a practice which is being followed in Indian since ages. People in India are well versed with the skill of making beautiful decorative and they have that grace since ages. In India, the art of handicrafts in North India dates back to Indus Valley Civilization and it is such a great practice that it is still followed. The handicrafts in North India are majorly consisting states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. The artisans from this state had that finesse in their art that they are being recognized in all other states of India as well as to the world. The popular handicrafts are:

    Paintings

    Paintings are beautiful and décor to your place. The art of making paintings isn’t new and is being practiced since ages. There are paintings that depict the culture of Rajasthan that have exotic color scheme and subjecting. Rajasthani culture is beautiful and tempting and everyone gets attracted by such beautiful paintings where women are an important subject to them.

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    Embroidery

    North India is known for textiles. Embroidery is one of the major crafts work here. May it be Phulkaris of Punjab and handkerchiefs of Himachal Pradesh; they all look so beautiful and eye soothing that they add importance and grace to your outlook too. The history of Embroidery dates back to 3rd-5th century BC. They were also too hyped in the kingdom of Mughal Emperor Akbar who used to pay attention to various embroideries in the patterns of Saadi, Chikhan, Ari and Kohra.

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    Copper Handicrafts of Kashmir

    They are handicrafts items that are beautifully carved and are made of copper. The beautiful carvings on the metal keeps you mesmerized and the artisans has that great finesse to do it so beautifully that it looks flawless and no machine can do it this good that a person had done.

    Carpet Weaving

    The Rajasthani Carpets also keep you enchanted with their beauty and was brought to India by great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Akbar called artisans from Persia to lay the foundation of carpet weaving tradition in India. The trend has been so much loved by people that carpet is not just a trend; it is the utmost need of all.

    Pottery

    Pottery also has an ancient history and is a wonder in handicrafts. It was founded in the period of Indus Valley Civilization. It is a ceramic art that is indulged in making storage vessels made of clay and then hardened by heat. But this is also an art and is beautiful in it.

    India has a rich cultural heritage and hence the artisans here have been so graceful that they helped us in following a trend that was originated long ago to add beauty to the culture. Handicrafts in India have been enjoying a rich tradition that mesmerizes all.

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  • History behind Kalamkari Paintings

    Kalamkari is hand painted or block printed cotton textile. It has taken its name from “kalam” which means ‘pen’ and “kari” that means ‘work’. So, collectively, it means pen work. It is an ancient art that was originated about 3000 years ago and is still practiced, appreciated and loved by all. It is one of the best handicraft works still prevailing with the same zeal. The Kalamkari artists use bamboo stick which is pointed at one end that has a bundle of fine hair which is attached to this pointed end that works as the b rush.

    It has a rich history when painters and singers used to roam from one village to the other narrating Hindu Mythology to the people around. As time passed by, the source of storytelling took the form of art in the form of canvas paintings. The paintings also used to depict Hindu deities and their tales from the chapters of Mythology. The samples of Kalamkari art was also found at some of the Archeological sites of Mohenjo-Daro. The style got renowned when Mughals ascended the throne and they promoted this art in the Golconda and Coromandel province where many skilled artisans and painters used to practice this art. This all has led to the evolution of Kalamlari paintings.

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    The art of Making

    The making of the painting involves some steps that are crucial to get the finest painting made. The first step is to stiffen the cloth using astringent or anything else that does the same. The next step to be followed is to dye it under sun. Once it is done, the colorful portions of the fabric are outlined with a mordant. Then the artisans cover the cloth except the parts to be dyed blue in wax and immerse the cloth in Indigo dye. This way, the wax is strapped off and the remaining portions are painted by hand.

    To make the designs more precise and beautiful, the bamboo sticks are used when the pen is dipped in a mixture of the fermented jaggery and water and the painting is done.

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    It dates back to the Muslim rule in Golconda and was majorly influenced by Persians.

    Sri Kalahasti Style

    It was based on Hindu Mythology, the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata that uses images of Gods and deities. This way this style of painting has evolved.

    Karrupur Style

    It has got prominence from the famous Thanjavur region during the Maratha rule. The addition to this style that improves the décor is the gold brocade work it has.

    The styles are indistinct and beautiful that depicts rich cultural heritage of the country and keeps handicraft alive. The mythology is depicted through these paintings. There are many styles and forms to this that are available throughout. These paintings have a flourishing market in and outside India that leads us in leading exhibitions that showcase Indian culture.

  • Himachal Pradesh: Preservation Centre of Indian Handicrafts

    Himachal Pradesh is known for its rich culture and beauty. The colorful dresses, the scenic beauty of place, the folk dance, and friendly nature of the people here is worth appreciating and to be talked about. This makes the place apparently beautiful and hence depicts rich cultural heritage. The most interesting thing about this place is that it is known for its Handicrafts since ages because of the versatile artisans here. For the same reason, it is known to be the Preservation Centre of Indian Handicrafts.

    Embroidery

    Embroidery is very much loved by all and is still the one of the topmost priorities of women when they come to buy. The designs of Himachal embroidery give the handicrafts a mesmerizing look. The designs here are mostly based on Kangra and Chamba School of Paintings. Chamba Rural embroidery is known to be the best and is done on both the sides of plain fine cotton.

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    Weaving

    Himachal Pradesh witnesses winters and it has brought the need of wool weaving. A well known weaving here is shown on a shawl with their striking patterns and vibrant rich colors. Kinnaur Shawls, Sarees, Trousers from here depicts that artistic weaving is still better than those done with the machine.

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    Metal Craft

    Metal Craft is a well known handicraft of Himachal. They play with metals in such beautiful way that it comes out to be in the form of best utensils and jewelry. The casts and ornaments made out of copper and silver will keep you enchanted with their artistic beauty.

    Paintings

    Paintings are the best décor of a place and are much needed everywhere. There can be no place that looks good without a painting and Himachal Pradesh has best of them too. They have evolved in the states of Kangra, Kullu, Chamba and many more that portrays rich culture and romantic scenes.

    Carpets

    They are found in various sizes and colors and you can have the best and versatile collection of carpets made in Himachal Pradesh. Here, Goat hair and Sheep’s wool are utilized to give the carpets their best look and hence they are admired by all.

    Stone Craft

    Stones are easily available in the state and hence the artisans have made out their ways to try something mesmerizing with them also. Therefore, pots, milestones, mortar and traditional stoves are easily available here in the best of designs. It recreates the life in such small things that has brought the importance of handicrafts to all.

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    Wood Work

    Woodwork is also much appreciated here and you will see beautifully carved windows, doors, ceilings and panels here that look appealing. It is also shown in utensils like bowls and jars.

    There are many things that are much appreciated about the culture from Himachal Pradesh like the beautiful caps, shawls and many more that keeps the art of handicrafts alive in India. The state has the best of skilled people who make us proud by showing the cultural diversity we have in India.

  • Essence of pottery in India

    Pottery in India is considered as one of the most iconic elements of Indian regional art. Not just its history, but its exquisite beauty and chic features have made pottery, a modern form of Indian decor. Evidence of pottery in India dates back to Indus Valley Civilization. Pottery is quite famous in most of the Asian countries and gradually is spreading all over the world. History says that India is responsible for pottery art. In fact, there was a time when pottery was taken as the main source of income for the traditional Indian business class.

    History of pottery in India:

    Shreds of evidence of pottery have been found during  the Vedic period, Indus Valley Civilization and also during the Mughal Period. Vedic pottery is the example of the handmade and unpainted form of pottery. In fact, the pottery created during the vedic period, is raw in nature and very tangible. These pots were used to store water during summer. Later pottery was also used to manufacture kitchen utensils like plates, glasses, cups, and even saucepans.

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    During Indus Valley Civilization, pottery saw a little upliftment, though the Neolithic age in India shows the origin of pottery. Clay, the main raw material used to make pottery is abundantly available in the Indian subcontinent. Hence, the rise of pottery in India is very evident. Handmade pottery like bowls, utensils, vessels, in different colors like red, orange, brown, and black was abundantly available in India. Gradually pottery became a profession for Indians.

    With the rise of pottery culture in India, Indian pots were exported to different parts of the world. Red polished potteries are still widely found in Gujarat, Rajasthan and  West Bengal. The phase of painted pottery started in India during the 12 century, when Mughal period came into its existence. The Muslim rulers encouraged the potters from Persia, Central Asia and the Middle East to come and settle in India. It would be wrong to state that the rise of pottery actually started in India during the Mughal dynasty.

    The modern form of pottery in India:

    Modern India calls pottery as Terracotta painting. Though the Terracotta is a certain kind of material which is used to design different kinds of home decor items, pottery has also become a part of Terracotta handicrafts. The East Indian state, Orissa is the brand ambassador of Terracotta handicrafts. Earlier pots were used to store water during summers. However, pottery has become a mere source of earnings for Indians. In fact, the art of pottery has been included in the course curriculum of interior designing and sculpture paintings. The ancient art of pottery has today become a chic and modern way to design and decorate traditional Indian homes. The touch of Terracotta Handicrafts creates an ambiance of warmth inside the home.

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    Today Indian pottery comes in a variety of shapes and patterns. The ceramic artists from all over the globe are trying to adapt the Indian form of pottery. The ancient pottery art has become a contemporary form of Western pottery art. Though the Western style of pottery is a little different from that of the Indian time, both the forms are known as Modern Contemporary form of pottery.

  • Interesting facts about Indian handicrafts

    India is famous worldwide for his rich cultural heritage. People from all over the globe visit India to enjoy its scenic beauty and its historical evidences. The Ambiance and essence that India has put forward to the world in terms of Art and handicraft product are remarkable. Indian Handicrafts dated back to 5000 years ago when Indus Valley Civilization started in India. Many Travelers to India inthe  past have said that the rich handicraft diversity of India is the result of the beautiful blend of different dynasties that ruled in India. Though the fact is somewhat true still, it won't be wrong to say that India holds its own essence of handicrafts which dates back long ago foreign intruders started invading India.

    Keeping aside all the myths and facts, one fact that cannot be denied, is the huge impact of Indian handicrafts on different parts of the world. Some interesting facts about Indian handicrafts are summed up here:

    Deforestation Act with Madhubani Painting:

    In 2012, when deforestation, took its highest peak, some NGOs and other organisations, initiated Madhubani painting exhibitions on tree trunks. The result was immense. Not one tree with painted trunks was cut down and the highway number 52 of the Madhubani district became a well-known tourist attraction spot. Madhubani painting is an ancient form of Indian art which dates back to Rajput dynasty in India. Stories of Lord Krishna were drawn on paper clothes depicting stories of his childhood, which letter came up to be known as Madhubani painting. These paintings first originated in the Madhubani district of India.

    Tanjore paintings didn't originate in India

    History has argued about Tanjore painting in India. The modern Tanjore paintings draw Hindu Gods and Goddesses on paper clothes. However, that was not the same during its origin in India. Tanjore paintings actually came to India during the Mughal dynasty. Some Iranian craftsmen brought this painting in India. Apart from that, Tanjore paintings were earlier known to depict stories of  Jainism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

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    Organic Kalamkari painting

    Kalamkari paintings of Kalamkari embroidery is a very famous handicraft of Ancient India. Alia Kalamkari paintings that really organic. But the manufacturing cost was huge and gradually the hundred percent organic Kalamkari painting started ruling out of the handicraft industry. But recently some textile industries again started manufacturing 100% natural Kalamkari clothes, which is slowly bringing back the pure essence of this handicraft.

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    The history of Warli art

    Recently Warli art is back in the textile industry of India. Warli art gives AC and modern look to the lanterns and potteries. However, it is important to know that Warli art dates back to 2500 BC. The modern day's cups, mugs, lanterns, and other home decors are seen to get overpriced with Warli art on its surface.

    The oldest traditional art of India:

    The chippa community of Rajasthan formed a traditional art, which dates back to 16th century AD. Rajasthan is one of the most famous textile industry community in India. From the beautiful Bandhani sarees to the Meenakari jewellery, Rajasthan is also famous for its chippa community, which, from the last three centuries are continuously designing sarees with chippa form of traditional Indian art.

    After knowing all these facts and features about Indian handicrafts, every Indian must feel proud to hold such historic essence of traditional handicrafts.

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