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  • 10 Popular Indian Handicrafts That Make the Best Souvenirs

    India is a captivating confluence of geography, culture, and tradition that captures every tourist's imagination. But, as all tourists know, every journey comes to an end eventually. Here is a list of ten popular Indian handicrafts you could acquire as souvenirs from your visit to this unique and beautiful country –

    1) Polished Metal Mirror

    Hundreds of years ago, native craftsmen invented the polished metal mirror. Known locally as the tarantula candid, this ornament is made by the bronze-smiths of India and can be found easily in this region of the world.

    2) Coir ornaments

    Simple yet elegant, the well-knitted coir ornaments made in Kerala will add a touch of style and sophistication to any living room or office. The decorative pieces are crafted by the women of the coir village. Other products made from this material include hammocks, wall hangings and blinds.

    3) Puppets

    Puppetry is an Indian tradition that has been kept alive for countless generations. The art of puppetry in this country has been maintained in the Nat community of Rajasthan. Their unique puppets are made of softwood which is carved and decorated with fabrics made within the state.

    4) Woodcarvings

    These items are a little expensive buthave theincomparable quality of design and shapewhich is hard to find anywhere else. Sandalwood sculptures can be found in states such as Kerala, and usually, depict common figures from Hinduism such as the God and Goddess.

    5) Paintings

    The tradition of painting in India is rooted in ancient practices such as Kalamezhuthu and the murals and frescoes of colonial-era churches. Poompuhar store also displays various famous forms of painting such as Thanjavur Paintings, Jute Painting etc.

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    6) Chanderi Saree

    The Chanderi saree is one of the best examples of handloom weaving in India. The lustre and transparency of the materials used to create this attire make it exceptionally better than other handmade fabrics in India.

    7) Ornamental Bangles

    These are rigid bracelets, made from gold, silver, glass or plastic. Bangles are of great significance for the married women in India as it is considered inappropriate for a married woman to be bare armed in public. They make great souvenirs as they are small, durable and affordable.

    8) Traditional Papier Mache

    The art of paper Mache is widely practised in India. The artisans of Kashmir are particularly known for the exceptional quality of the vases and models made using this method. Papier Mache pieces usually have bright coloured finishing and highly elaborate design.

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    9) Handmade fibre products

    Indian artisans are highly skilled craftsmen known for the quality and durability of their handmade fibre products. Artisans obtain fibre from locally available plant residues such as pineapple leaves and banana stems. It is then treated and used to create purses, laptop bags and wall hangings.

    10) Silver craft

    Silverware is a speciality of the artisans of Kachchh. They use light embossing enhanced by scrapping and etching to produce elegant functional pieces of art such as cigarette boxes and ittar-danis (perfume bottles).

    So next time, while travelling to India, do not forget to collect your souvenir to remember the trip!! Poompuhar also offers all valid documents to ensure that the overseas customers go through a hassle-free customs process at the airport.

  • Poompuhar is set to transform the handicraft market using virtual reality

    Poompuhar is all set to develop the virtual reality tool with an initial investment of approximately Rs. 2.2 Cr. Poompuhar is the retail arm of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation and this initiative will be funded from the State Innovation Fund.

    The campaign will place mobile units of approx. 1000 square ft. at places like airport or malls. Potential customers will be provided with head gears to virtually observe the art and crafts while browsing through the showroom or craft centre or a workshop. Customers will be able to purchase the desired item from Poompuhar online store. According to Santhosh Babu who is the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Poompuhar this technology will also be implemented in other government departments.

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    This new Poompuhar project is 3-Design Research and Development Centre, Chennai. This centre will also be funded by State Innovation Fund and will be managed under a business model by an external organization. This centre will be responsible for designing products for the virtual reality display area. It will also help in souvenir and utility market segments which is part of Poompuhar future expansion.

    Utility market will include the handicrafts from China. Santhosh Babu added to his earlier statement that souvenir market consists of high-end products and such items are in high demand also. Hence, Poompuhar is planning to expand into this growing market with the help of this design centre. It will help in keeping up with the demand for these fast-moving items.

    Poompuhar is also looking to include more avenues while focusing on non-traditional selling prospects. Supporting these plans, there is a plan in place to launch a craft cafe at Urban Haats in the Nilgiris and Mahabalipuram like the café already running in Kanchipuram.

    "Since VR is one of the burgeoning areas, why not a government department shows the way forward in utilising new technology and be the trendsetter in making a virtual showroom," said Dr Santhosh Babu.

    Also, a 360 degree walk-through webpage will be designed for potential customers, who are not able to visit physical stores, to offer the same experience. He anticipated the total revenue to be Rs. 50 crore in this fiscal and Rs. 33 Cr to be the total sales from the showroom.

    This will the ground-breaking initiative by Poompuhar by mixing tradition and technology to promote the love for handicrafts in India.

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  • Indian Handicrafts in Global Markets

    Indian has earned a great respect worldwide whether it is in the field of science, technology, art or culture. Indian handicraft industry is one of the booming industries and is making its mark all over the world. Handicrafts are considered to be second-largest employment creating segment after agriculture in India. Many artisans all over India work with their craftsmanship to earn a livelihood. The industry offers work to more than 6 million artists mainly containing women and people from the weaker segments of the community.

    In current times, handicrafts have evolved as a perfect blend of traditional patterns and designs with modern technology. This has helped to meet the large demand for Indian handicrafts as gifts, souvenirs or decorative items worldwide.

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    This formerly known cottage industry has now transformed it into a full-grown, large-scale ever-growing organized business with to US$ 1.9 billion in the last ten years. Only in 2005-2006, the exports of Indian handicrafts had shown an increase of US$ 298.87 million giving a fixed yearly growth of 15 per cent or above. Indian contribution to USD 100 billion international handicrafts market is more than 2%.

    Interesting facts about Indian handicrafts –

    • Across India, you can find various art forms in handicrafts. There are many famous places which are known for their speciality in handicrafts such as Saharanpur for wooden articles, North-West Rajasthan for Jaipuri quilts, Gujarat & Lucknow for embroidery, Nasarpur for Lace material, Punjab for Phulkari, and Jodhpur for wrought iron products and so on.
    • Various designs and arts display various cultures of India
    • Wide ranges of designs are available in Indian handicrafts products, which displays creative and artistic skills of craftsmen, and these marvellous crafts are in great demand worldwide.
    • This industry has vast experience in the export and has earned a lot in foreign exchange
    • Indian handicraft industry has proven its worth with constant growth rate of almost 20%

    In recent times, the customers have less interest in machine-made items and are more attracted to handicrafts as they offer a unique style and style statement. Today, the skills and artisans have a dynamic role to play in creating a modern way of life in India as a part of traditional as well as financial future.

  • The Handicrafts in Andhra Pradesh

    Andhra Pradesh is known for its custom in handicrafts. Artisans in remote villages make astonishing handicrafts with dexterity. Local artists make excellent souvenirs from a wide range of materials. These items are crafted by professional artisans in their entice ambience in the rural area and artisans working at art and craft complexes which are governed by the government.

    Andhra Pradesh has a wide array of handicrafts which has turned to be the lifestyle of the local people. These products are sold through various handicraft emporia and at stalls at the major tourist spots. The art and craft of Andhra Pradesh is the product of the aesthetic blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures.

     Some of the art and crafts in Andhra Pradesh consist of:

    • Banjara Needle

    The Banjara Needle craft is believed to have been originated among wanderers and nomads. Flamboyant and rich embroidery is used in crafting of Banjara Needle craft.

    • Bidri craft

    The Bidri Craft is a craft from Andhra Pradesh which originated from Andhra Pradesh’s main city that is Hyderabad. In this art, silver work is done on metals with intricate carving. By use of a sharp chisel, Bidri art entails engraving on a metal base which can be made of zinc, copper or even tin alloy.

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    • Durgi Stone Craft

    Another craft from Andhra Pradesh is the metal Durgi Stone craft which originated from Durgi which is located a short distance from Macherala.

    • Metal crafts

    Another craft is the metal crafts which originated from Pembarthi which is a small village in Andhra Pradesh

    • Kondapalli Toys

    This art uses tamarind seed powder, sawdust, watercolors and enamel gums. Craftsmen craft real looking toys which usually reflect deities or figures like women cooking or a boy milking a camel or cow and many other arts.

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    The state gained a lot of popularity for its amazing art and craft products. From generation to generation, this art, craftsmen ship and skills have been passed on and is still flouring.

  • A Tour of Assam and its handicrafts

    Assam is a state in the northern part of India. It is renowned for its tea plantations and its diverse cultures of ethnic communities. With the diverse cultures comes diverse crafts and arts. The one scene that is guaranteed to capture your eye is the never-ending tea plantations and paddle fields. This makes Assam one of the most beautiful states in India.

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    The people of Assam are renowned for their graceful skill in weaving and exquisite silk products. However, due to the different cultures there other different forms of arts and handicrafts. The handicrafts and the amicable people of Assam make it one of the popular tourist destinations.

    Assam produces some of the best quality of silk called ‘pat’ and ‘buga’. Weaving and embroidery is the major handicraft, however, Assam has a wide array of handicrafts:

    • Cane and Bamboo handicrafts
    • Brass and Bell-metal handicrafts
    • Woodcrafts
    • Masks
    • Terracotta
    • Jewelry
    • Traditional paintings

    Cane and Bamboo Handicrafts

    Assam is very rich in bamboo and cane. Majority of household products are made from bamboo and cane. Cane and bamboo are used to make baskets, mats, stools and hats.

    Brass and Bell-metal Handicrafts

    Bell-metal and brass are commonly used by artisans in Assam to make metal products. The artisans are famed for their traditional brass and bell-metal articles. They use these metals to make utensils, water pots, bowls and dishes.

    Woodcrafts

    Assam is has a vast forest cover. It is no surprise that woodcrafts form part of the Assamese culture and economy.

    It is said that an Assamese can identify the timber by touching it even in darkness. The artisans in Assam are able to produce very beautiful products from timber.

    Masks

    Masks are important as they form part of the traditional tribal art and Assamese culture. They form an integral part in the cultural activities of the people in Assam.

    Masks are widely used in folk theatres and bhaonas. Masks also adorn the colorful traditional dances.

    Terracotta and Jewelry

    Terracotta is also an important handicraft of Assam. This craft has been passed from generation to generation. It is common to get terracotta vases, toys, figures of gods and goddesses.

    Jewelry making is an ancient craft in Assam. The jewelry in Assam is breathtaking and is made of gold and silver. The items range from necklaces to earrings, lockets to bracelets.

    Assam is a very colorful state, and if you are visiting Assam you should get some of their handicrafts as a souvenir.

  • Art of wood: Wood handicraft In India

    India is a land of great diversity and along with that it also presents plenty of opportunities to an enthusiast to soak in different forms of arts, culture, and tradition in every single part of its vast territory. One such opportunity lies in the form of wood arts. Wood carving has given rise to a unique style of arts which is unmatched when compared to the ones found anywhere else in the world. This one art form has been there since time immemorial and over hundreds of centuries have evolved to several different designing traits which can be easily observed and are spread across various parts of the country.

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    As it is known, civilization started sprawling in the Indian subcontinent first than in many other parts of the world.  Wood art also came into existence almost around that early dawn of civilization too and the pleasure of this art is found cherished since prehistoric times. The way Indian states vary in their culture, language, and behavior; similarly wood art seems to get hold of this variety and hence it exhibits a great range of variation in the design and style. According to each state's background and cultural taste, craftsmen developed their own unique style. The expertise and creativity of these exemplary craftsmen has allowed each state to have their very own distinct artistic identity which is hard to ignore in recent times.

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    To take a good look at the wood arts industry prevailing in India with respect to the different states, we must begin with the state of Tamil Nadu from where it is assumed to be originated in the form of beautifully decorated chariots with their figurines. Next is the state of Karnataka, which produced those trademark sandalwood artefacts in the form of elephants, tray, boxes, figurines, pens, key-holders and so many different things. Rajasthan is not only a rich tourist destination but is also famous for its woodworks indoors, panels, brackets, pillars etc. Not only that, it is most widely known for its puppets, animal figurines, and lovely jewellery boxes. The state of Orissa is famous for Lord Jagannatha and the idol of Lord Jagannatha itself was crafted out of wood, which definitely inspired the Oriya artisans to develop their unique style of wood arts that includes colourful wooden dolls, toys etc.

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    This travelogue of Indian wood arts will never be completed without a mention of the state of West Bengal where the expert craftsmen hail from such enriched cultural background that their style varies and distinctly identifiable even while moving from one region of the state to the other. Terracotta is the famous stone sculpture from this state, which has influenced the wood craftsmen to create their own variants which are more portable, less bulky and comes with a longer durability than then stone counterparts.

    Despite such rich legacy of wood artists in India, not everything is good. The government must come forward to train and make modern facilities available for the budding craftsmen so that they are assured of some basic earnings as well as recognition and honour for their hard work.

  • The Delicate art of Khatambandhi

    Kashmir has always been known for its scenic beauty and amazing handicrafts. Khatambandh is one such traditional Kashmiri art of creating decorative ceiling, by fitting together small polygonalwood pieces in exquisite geometrical patterns. Khatambandhi was brought to Kashmir by famous saint Shah eHamdaan who was believed to have visited the Himalayan valley along with some Persian Khatamband artists around 14th century. These artists passed on this exemplary art to the residents of a small town in south of Kashmir and since then the art flourished throughout the state.

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    Khatambandhi is a painstaking art of conjugating pieces of wood elegantly that take seven months to finish a 10 feet by 10 feet ceiling. A 100 sq. feet ceiling of an ordinary design requires a minimum of four craftsmen to work on it. The wood is cut into small panels by one, marked by another,carved into various shapes by the third and finally woven in geometrical patterns by the fourth artist. Then there is a master carpenter who carefully install these designs onto the ceiling. The wood employed is usually walnut,deodar or fir which is artistically processed, cut into buttons and panels and fixed in the ceiling in various beautiful floral and geometrical designs.The two main elements, which form a Khatambandh is the beading, also known as Gaj-Patti and the other one is the polygon called Posh (Flower). All this is done manually without using glue or nails. The beauty of this art is that when the ceiling is complete it acquires a captivating unique seamless geometrical pattern. The seamless ceiling creates a dynamic illusion with shapes morphing into each other, almost like watching a sky full of twinkling stars.Another interesting point of this artwork is that the Khatambandh ceiling can easily be dissembled and re-assembled at another place.

    During earlier days Khatambandh design used to be a part of shrines, houseboats, royal and historic palaces but now it is demanded by many houses inside and outside Kashmir.The splendid geometrical Khatambandh ceiling is now in great demand overseas in countries like Australia, USA and Europe.

  • A Glimpse of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts

    If you ever travel to Tamil Nadu, then your trip would be incomplete without acquaintingyourself with the rich and diverse handicrafts of the region.Be it the capital city of Chennai, the surrounding cities of Kanyakumari and Thanjavur or the geographically interesting Kanyakumari, every region in the state has something bright, colourful and original to offer to lovers of art. Poompuhar brings a vast collection of such diverse art to you at one place. You can visit our website at http://tnpoompuhar.org/ and be a proud owner of exceptional artwork crafted by talented artisans.

    Our products are bought to adorn homes not just in India but abroad as well. Some of our bestselling products and materials include –

    Bronze

    Bronze is the most popularmaterialfor art statues or sculptures. It can be used for statues, art pieces, small figurines, designer utility articlesand evenfurniture.  Bronze work is famous around Swamimalai, and Kumbakonam inThanjavur District.

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    Brass Lamps

    Brass lamps are commonly used in Hindu householdsin theprayer room, butmany designs of such lamps are used as decorative items also. These brass lamps are mostly crafted in areas like Sivagangai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nachiarkoil, and Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District.

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    Thanjavur Painting

    Tanjore Painting is one of the most famousstylesof traditional South Indian painting. It is the inherent art from the Thanjavur or Tanjore city in Tamil Nadu. It is also be found in Trichy and Chennai.Most of these paintings depict stories related to Hindu Gods, Goddesses and saints.

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    Thanjavur Art Plate

    Thanjavur art plates are the custom metal craft of sophisticated workmanship in Thanjavur. Famous Thanjavur Art plates contain images of goddesses, flora, and fauna or geometric patterns compressed out on copper and silver sheets.

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    Wood Carvings

    Sandalwood is used because of its religious significanceand it is supposed to be an extremely expensive material for wood artefacts. The wood is refined to create a number of products like God idols, twisted chariots with famous jail work, and home decor items such as paperweights, walking canes, photo frames, small storage cases, and holders and so on. Sandalwood carving art is done in Kallakurichi in Villupuram Districts.

    Sandalwood Carvings

    Sandalwood is used because of its religious significance and it is supposed to be an extremely expensive material for wood arte facts. The wood is refined to create a number of products like God idols, twisted chariots with famous jail work, and home decor items such as paperweights, walking canes, photo frames, small storage cases, and holders and so on. Sandalwood carving art is done in Kallakurichi in Villupuram Districts.

    Lacquerware

    Lacquerware is an art where objectsare ornamentally decorated with lacquer. Lacquerware has painted or carved pictures which are lacquered for the final touch. Such art can be done on any item like large boxes, crockery, tokens, furniture or even coffins. Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli District is famous for Lacquerware.

    Stone Carving

    In stone carving, pieces of uneven natural stones are designed into a beautiful piece of art by meticulously carving out the extra stone. The initial proof of depictive art is stone carving, for example, temple carvings and historic sculptures.  Stone Carving work mostly comes from Kancheepuram, Namakkal and Coimbatore districts.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/stone.html

    Papier Mache & Clay Toys

    Papier Mache is an art form containing paper pieces or pulp, occasionally reinforced with fabrics using adhesive like glue, starch or wallpaper paste. Clay art is a traditional art of creating toys, statues, decor pieces using clay. Papier Mache & Clay Toys are famous in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Chennai, and Kancheepuram.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/papier-mache-47.html

    Pith

    Pith is the hard core of a water reed available abundantly in tanks, swamps and lakes. The pith is used for creating the miniatures of famous architectural monuments and daily objects such as Taj Mahal, Perumal Temple, Bullockcart, Temple Chariot etc. This type of art is commonin Thanjavur and Kumbakonam Pudukottai areas.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/pithwork.html

    Kanyakumari is known for its work in fiber, talipot fiber, screw pine, lace, and embroidery work. Vadaseri, Salem, Trichy, Virudhunagar, Coimbatore are famous for silver and imitation jewellery. These are just someof the productswhich you can browse and buyfrom Poompuhar. There are many other works of arts available and we try to feature as much as work from artisans from all over the state. Enjoy shopping.

  • 5 PLACE IN INDIA THAT ARE FAMOUS FOR ITS HANDICRAFTS

    Since time immemorial India has been known for its prowess in arts and crafts. In fact, skilled craftsmen were so prevalent that you could find different types of art and crafts across the landscape of the country from glass work in Uttar Pradesh to Thanjavar paintings in Tamil Nadu and fabric work in Gujarat to terracotta work in Assam.

    Even the British did their bit to boost the Indian handicrafts as such items became rage in the wealthy European countries and such things continue on till today. India today holds a profound share of handicraft exports globally which is giving a boost to the local village economy of these areas.

    Here are the top 5 centres of handicrafts in India today:

    Moradabad – Uttar Pradesh

    Moradabad town is approximately a three hour drive from New Delhi and boasts of a booming brass handicrafts economy. Brass is part of the city DNA to such an extent that Moradabad is called the ‘Brass Capital of India’. Majority of the city’s population is directly or indirectly involved in the business of brass hence giving it the name of ‘PitalNagri’ or Brass City. These highly acclaimed brass handicrafts are exported across the world and is considered of very high value.

    Kanchipuram – Tamil Nadu

    This city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is famous for its staggering and exuberant silk production. This world famous silk from Kanchipuram also called Kanjivaram is celebrated across the world and is well known for among the rich and royalty of the west. Families across the city are involved in the business of silk, a skill that has been passed down from generations. Travellers to Kanchipuram not only get the chance to buy world class silk there but also witness the divine knowledge and history of silk evolution, its production and its export. Being one of the most expensive fabric in the world, the Kanchipuram silk is one of the most sought items because of its enigma and beauty.

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    Dakshinachitra – Tamil Nadu

    Located just on the outskirts of Chennai, this burstling village is the epicentre of woollen industry in South India. A village well known for arts and crafts, it boasts of a grand museum which showcases the collection and handicraft skills of people from this region. Many tourists throng this place throughout the year to witness the museum exhibits and the craftsmen at work making things as unheard in Tamil Nadu as the Tibetan woollen item Pulu. Today, Dakshinchitra has become a booming centre of arts, crafts and the folklore of South India.

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    Kutch – Gujarat

    Located in India’s most western state of Gujarat, the Kutch region shares the border with neighbour Pakistan. From ancient times this region has been the centre of civilizations and has a very rich history. It is this encapsulating history that makes the region truly mesmerizing and worth visiting. As a centre of art and craft, Kutch is famous for its mirror work, embroidery, art paintings, mud paintings, mud sculptures and the weaving industry. Infact the annual Rann festival in Kutch is famous across the globe and attracts attendance from the rich and famous. The biggest celebrities can be seen thronging the region during the festival giving the place a spot in the global culture circuit. Some of the other renowned arts of Kutch include Khareek, Suf, Wood Carvings, Sea Shell Toys, Paako and the famous mud wall paintings.

    Thanjavur – Tamil Nadu

    A one hour drive from Trichy in Tamil Nadu can lead you to Thanjavur. The city is an important centre of South Indian religion, art and architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Great Living Chola Temples are also located in and aroundThanjavur, thus placing the city on the map of every globe trotter in the world. The city also has to its credit the codification of Carnatic Music and has played a major role in the development of Bharatnatyam, a classical dance form from South India. The world famous Thanjavur paintings also get their name from the city and date back to the 1600s. Not only this, the city is also famous for several other types of metal carvings, metal sculptures and designs. The designs are carved out from earth metals such as copper, brass and aluminium. The metal production and skill of the local populace/artists of the city is spellbinding. With such a wide aura of culture and handicrafts, Thanjavur witnesses a lot of Indian and global tourists visiting the city who take part in the frequently organized craft fairs around the city.

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    The centres mentioned above are only a small peak from a huge mountain base, every town in India and every village across the country is a centre of art and craft in itself.

  • Tales of grandma sarees- Kantha Handicrafts

    The beautiful tradition of draping the nine yard long sari can best be seen in Indian states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Kantha is an old Indian embroidery style practiced mostly by rural women of West Bengal and Orissa.  In Sanskrit ‘Kantha’ means ‘rag’ as the embroidery is made up of discarded garments or cloths. The word Kantha also means throat due its association with Lord Shiva.

    Kantha is a 500 hundred year old traditional work where women and grandmas of the house, use old and discarded pieces of clothes or layer 4 or 5 saris together. Then a running stitch is made on it with different motifs to give it a slight wrinkled and wavy effect. The various motifs are folk motifs, floral motifs, animal and birds figures and geometrical patterns and designs. Themes are generally taken from daily life activities.

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    There are 7 types of different Kantha stitches. The first kind is known as Lep Kantha and is used to make warm padded quilts. Second one is Sujani Kantha and is used to make bed covers for weddings and ceremonies. Baiton Kantha is used on covers for wrapping books and objects. Oaar Kantha is used on pillow and cushion covers, while Archilata Kantha has beautiful motifs and colorful borders and is used for covering mirrors. Durjani Kantha is generally a small piece used to make the inside of a purse, hand bags and wallet, and the last stitch is the Rumal Kantha which has a distinct lotus at the centre and is used to cover crockery and household items plate.

    The thought behind the fine needlework used in Kantha embroidery is to employ old clothes and materials and convert them into something new, attractive and useful. The entire Kantha work depicts a tale or is like an inspirational story representing the hard work and dedication of women and folks.

    The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done on soft dhotis and saris where the outer layers of the cloth is kept light colored or white. This makes the cloth more attractive and perceptible. The contemporary Kantha is done on the present day garments like stoles, shawls, saris, dupatta, shirts, bedding and other household furnishing fabrics. Nowadays Kantha handicrafts are very much in demand in foreign nations. Many tourists visiting West Bengal take back lovely Kantha handicrafts to gift their loved ones and family members.

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