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  • Creative Craft Ideas for Pongal

    As Pongal festival is approaching near, everyone is excited and the festivities are in full swing. And why not!! Pongal is celebrated in South India and it is one of the most popular festivals in India. It is known as the harvest festival and is also called as Makar Sankranti. Like all festivals, Pongal also brings the family together for celebration, preparations, cooking festival recipes and decorating houses and so on.

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    Pongal or Makar Sankranti holds the same significance as other cultures’ New Year’s celebrations. On this day people clean the house and celebrate the new beginnings. Houses are cleaned and decorated with decorative earthen mandalas in the front yard or patios. Families and friends get together to celebrate and eat Pongal special sweet rice recipe. The rice is customarily boiled in an earthen pot which is also decorated with mandalas, sun, wheat grains and cows as they symbolize new life and food. Lord Sun and Lord Indra are worshipped for abundance and good harvest. Cows are worshipped by people to pat their respect for the help in the field.

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    Kids really like a family get-together and festivals as they get so much love from elders. Kids also like to create beautiful crafts to contribute in decorating the house or lending a hand in preparing that delicious meal.  So let us discuss some fun ideas to celebrate Pongal this year with the help of handmade crafts-

    Best wishes Card

    Kids and parents can indulge in creating beautiful best wishes cards using paper art. This will be a unique way to wish others on this auspicious day of Pongal. Check out this innovative greeting card if you are looking for some inspiration to get started –

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    If you wish to gift your loved ones with something other than a beautiful greeting card, you can also check put Poompuhar collection for more gift idea on Pongal.

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    Beautiful Rangoli designs

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    Rangoli or Kolam is an important ritual of Pongal. Colourful rangolis are created using rice flour or flowers, at the entrance of the house or on the patio as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Parents can involve the kids to help them out with the decoration of the house. In this way, they will also feel connected and inspired by their artistic self. You can refer below link to get some idea about the unique designs for your Rangoli this year –

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    Pot decoration

    You can also check out these amazing ways to paint and decorate the pots for Pongal. Small pots are used for decoration purposes and large earthen pots are used to cook rice dishes on Pongal.

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    Kite making

    In many states, Kite flying competition takes place to celebrate Makar Sankranti like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh etc. Pongal is celebrated all over India with regional variations, for example, Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Bihu, Hadaga and Poki. Kite making and flying is also one of the many traditions followed on this auspicious day. Below are some of the easy ways to create your own kite and stand out from the crowd –

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    You can also teach your friends how to make a kite and enjoy this festival with them.

    Home decoration

    On the day of Pongal or Makar Sankranti, Prayer room and open area is decorated with Mandapa, Cow, Harvest, Sun, adorned pots with mango leaves and so on. All these drawing are made to celebrate the harvest festival and to offer thanks to God for His blessings and prosperity.

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    Wish you all a very happy and creative Pongal….

  • Pongal: Significance of this beautiful harvest festival and amazing facts related to Pongal

    Pongal is a famous Hindu festival celebrated India and is observed as a harvest festival in South India. The festival is celebrated for four days where people offer their thanks to Mother Nature for peace, happiness, blessings and prosperity. “Pongal” is a Tamil word which translates into “to boil”, which symbolically signifies abundance. Hence, new rice is cooked in new earthen pots till they overflow to welcome prosperity on this auspicious day. Pongal festival is celebrated as per solar calendar. In 2018, it will be celebrated from 14th January to 17th January. The four days are known as Bhogi, Perum Pongal or Surya Pongal, Mattu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. Each day of this four-day celebration holds a distinct religious significance; however, many people also often consider the second day as the main festival and celebrate on that day. On this day people interchange best wishes among friends and family for good luck, peace and fortune.

    When is Pongal celebrated?

    Pongal festival is celebrated in the month of January and the dates are decided as per the solar calendar. The solar calendar reads the astronomical details and tells the exact date of this enthralling and opportune festival which is celebrated all over India under different names. In South India, it is celebrated as Pongal and in rest of India, it is celebrated as Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Bihu, Hadaga and Poki. The second day of Pongal is the start of Tamil month called Thai, and it represents the start of spring season. The Sun returns to the northern hemisphere from this day and the length of the day starts increasing and winter season is considered over.

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    Pongal festival is celebrated for four days and each day represents a religious belief. Following is the significance of each day of Pongal –

    Bhogi Festival: 14th January

    Bhogi is the first day of the Pongal festival. It is celebrated to offer tribute to Lord Indra who is the God of Rain. As this is a harvest festival, thanks are offered to God of Rain for a good season and good harvest. On this day, people clean their homes and all the useless items are discarded in a bonfire made of cow-dung bars and wood.

    Perum Pongal or Surya Pongal: 15th January

    The second day of Pongal is known as Perum Pongal and is considered as most important day as most people celebrate only this day. It is also called Surya Pongal as Sun God is worshipped on this day. As per custom, new rice is boiled in the earthen pot in the open area as an offering to Sun God. Oil baths are custom on this day and people shop for new clothes during the festival and celebrate with family.

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    Other harvests are also offered to the God such as sugarcane, coconuts, and fruits and so on. Homes are decorated with rice flour rangolis which are called “Kolam” on this day. These drawings are considered to attract good fortune and are made at the entrance of the house.

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    Maatu Pongal: 16th January

    Maatu Pongal is the third day of the celebration and is dedicated to the cattle as they help in the farm and fields. Cattle are bathed, dressed beautifully with bells and worshipped with flower garlands. On this day of Pongal common attractions are the bull and bird fights, especially Jallikattu game in Madurai. Jallikattu is the fierce fight of bulls and it also happens in many villages also in Tamil Nadu.

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    Kaanum Pongal: 17th January

    Kaanum Pongal is the last day of Pongal festivities and on this day women ask blessings of their brothers and ask for prosperity. Another ritual which is performed on this day includes keeping the Pongal sweets on turmeric and betel leaves on the patio with sugarcane and betel nuts.

    Legends

    There are many legends associated with Pongal festival, such as -

    It is said that Lord Krishna has lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger on the first day of Pongal or Bhogi, to save the people and cattle from the anger of Lord Indra.

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    Another legend associated with the third day of Pongal suggest that Lord Shiva had sent his bull ‘Nandi’ on earth with a message to have an oil bath daily and eat only once a month. However, Nandi misspoke the message and told people of earth to eat daily and take oil bath monthly. This mistake angered Lord Shiva and He ordered Nandi to stay on Earth forever to help mankind and harvest more food for them.

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    Pongal Special Recipe –

    The most famous Pongal dish is known as Venpongal. The preparation of traditional Pongal dish is the important part of festivities. The dish is made with rice and Moong pulse with Ghee and dry fruits. Another dish is known as Sakkarai Pongal which is a sweet variant of the traditional dish and is prepared with Jaggery. The Pongal food is cooked on attractively decorated earthen pots and stone stoves.

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  • 10 must have beautiful items from Poompuhar collection to welcome New Year

    It is almost New Year!! As we step into 2018 with all the experiences from 2017, we are bound to feel happy and nostalgic at the same time. It is time to celebrate the new beginnings while saying farewell to a great year. If you are someone who likes to express yourself with gifts or souvenir, then you can browse through the vast handicraft collection on Poompuhar website. There is something for every occasion with a promise of quality on each product. Indian handicrafts have always been mesmerising so why not start a new year with a great gift for you and your family or friends. Here is a glimpse of a few popular and new handicraft items available at Poompuhar –

    Krishna Leela Green Stone

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    This delicatestatue is made of green stone andexhibits an enthusiastic display of excellentartistry. It has ornamental carvings to enhance its fine work.  The statue is four inces and suitable as a gift.

    Granite Stone Elephant

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    This granite stone made elephant statue is available in different variants in terms of weight and height. The statue is of a walking elephant and can be used for decorating purposes.

    Thanjavur Painting RadhaKrishnar

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    This Thanjavur painting of RadhaKrishnar is suitable for worship home as well as for decorative purposes. The God is portrayed as sitting and offering blessing. The painting dimensions are 142*110*8 and it weighs almost 70000Kg.

    Sandal Wood Arch Ganesh

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    This is a rare and beautiful sandalwood figurewill fill your home with never-ending aromaof sandal wood. It is a graceful idol of Lord Ganesh and will add serenity to your home.

    This original work made of superior sandalwood is a gem that can be appreciated for a very long time. Its dimensions are 9*6*2 and it weighs approximately 300 Kg.

    Ashtrotra Deepam

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    Lighting an Ashtrotra Deepam on New Year eve will help you attract positivity and happiness in future. This Lamp is elevated from the base and has four branches which are tailored with five small hanging spouted thagali. The top of the lamp has a statue of Goddess Laxmi,sitting on a Lotus. The lamp is made of 60% copper and 40% zinc and weighs around 13 kg.

    Thanjavur Art Plate Ashtalakshmi

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    Poompuhar is offering this beautifully crafted Tanjore Art Plate to the art-lovers which is accessible in numerousschemes and patterns. This plate is an example of latest fashion trends and is meticulously designed by famous artisans. The material used in making this products are of high quality and modern techniques have been used to give the fine details. This art plate represents the Astalakshmi concept i.e. it denotes eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi. This plate is ideal for pooja and ornamental purpose or as gift items.

    IllamThorumValluvar - ThiruvallurSripam 3D Printed

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    Thiruvalluvar, also known as Valluvar, is a renowned Tamil poet and philosopher. This statue is to honor his teachings. His contribution to Tamil literature is called Thirukkural which is about ethics.  It represents one of his saying - “Do not lose hope follow the Thirukural and blessed life.”

    Maha Meru Stone

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    Maha Meru or Sumeru is a sacred mountain which isrespected indifferent cultures in India like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The highest point or the last bud on this six foot pyatthat signifies Mount Meru

    Wall Hanging Lamp Shade

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    This 200Kg leather lamp shade is perfect for decorative use as well as gift. It has fine details and is of high qyality.

    Balaji with Lakshmi Thanjavur Painting

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    This Thanjavur painting showcases a sketch of Lord Balajion a dark-background with His divine companion Goddess Mahalakshmi. It has cheerfulwork of gold foil and kundan stones.

    I have already decided what to add to my art collection, have you? Have a great year ahead!!

    Happy New Year…

  • 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 Crafts of Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is a land famous for its fine art and handiwork. It is rich in culture and traditions and makes it one of the tourist destinations. The artisans in Tamil Nadu express their creativity through the amazing handicrafts which adorn the homes of many, not only in India but all over the world.

    These are some of the many handicrafts made in Tamil Nadu:

    • Paintings in Tanjore

    Tamil Nadu is renowned for the famous paintings in the Tanjore Temple. These paintings portray the great skills and creative abilities of the artisans of this place.

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    Most paintings are found in Temples to portray the gods and goddesses of the local people. These paintings are considered religious. One famous painting is Child Krishna’s painting.

    • Craft of Musical Instruments

    Dances and festivals are an important part of the traditional culture of the local people. Making of musical instruments is a major craft practiced in Tamil Nadu.

    The craftsmen make several music instruments like the veena, flute, thamburas and vangiyam. The craftsmen use bamboo, bronze, jack wood, and sandalwood to make the musical instruments.

    • Metal Craft

    The metal-ware of Tamil is renowned worldwide. The products are made of copper and brass. The artisans make some of the best bronze castings of icons

    • Stone Carvings

    Another commendable piece of art in the Tamil society is the stone sculptures. The craftsmen curve very impressive real-like stone carvings, garden lights, and nameplates. Mahabalipuram is famous for this craft.

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    The stone carvings in the temples speak highly of the skills of these craftsmen.

    • Pottery and Papier Mache

    Pottery making is practiced by many people of Tamil in making figures of deities. The craftsmen also make water jugs, tea and dinner sets. They use a variety of clay; Red, black and grey clay.

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    Paper Mache is another spectacular art of the Tamil Nadu people. The waste paper pulp is normally hand beaten and mixed with clay. It is then molded into dolls, idols of gods and goddesses and masks.

    Tamil craftsmen engage in different types of handicrafts. In addition to creating a livelihood for the craftsmen, the intricate pieces of art add style and decorate homes, temples and even workplaces.

  • The Popular Arts of Jammu and Kashmir

    Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most attractive destinations in India. The craftsmen of Jammu and Kashmir have mastered the art of making some of the most intricate and artistic items.

    There are a variety of items made in Jammu and Kashmir:

    • Shawls
    • Carpets
    • Papier mache
    • Wood carvings
    • Chain Stitch
    • Khatumbandh
    • Basketry
    • Namdas
    • Basketry

    These are some of the 5 popular art pieces:

    Kashmiri Shawls

    Are you looking for comfortable and stylish shawls? The Kashmiri shawls are soft, fashionably elegant and sophisticated. The precision and concentration invested in the making of the shawls make them a sought-after commodity in the international market. These shawls are made of three fiber, wool, Pashmina and Shahtoosh. The shawls are unique with very interesting designs.

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    Kashmiri Carpets

    Kashmir’s art is renowned for its hand-made Kashmiri carpets. These carpets are unique because they are hand-made. Artisans mostly use silk yarns or wool to weave the carpets. The carpet has fine finishing with intricate designs, making them distinct from any other carpet.

    Papier Mache

    Papier mache is an old form of handicrafts in Jammu and Kashmir. It is made up of the pulp of paper and adhesive solution.

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    The paper is soaked in water for a few days then mixed with an adhesive solution. It is then molded, painted and polished. The art of papiermache uses original gold painted items making it quite expensive.

    Woods Carvings

    Wood carvings is one of the oldest arts practiced in Kashmiri. The craftsmen carve some of the best intricate wood designs. The art of carving furniture and other decorative items requires a high degree of skill and craftsmanship.

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    The craftsmen use wood from walnut and chinar of Kashmir. This is because the wood has fine texture and pattern. The popular types of carving practiced in Kashmir are raised, engraved, undercut and plain.

    Chain Stitch

    Chain Stitch is natively known as jalakdozi. It is a stitch done with a hook. The rugs are made of hand-made cloth or hessian cloth.

    The embroidery is done on traced designs, ranging from floral patterns to animal and human forms. This stitch is done on rugs, wall hangings, cushion covers, and duvets covers.

  • 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.

  • The Art of Pottery in India

    The art of making decorative vessels using clay is one of the oldest forms of art. In India, it is one of the oldest crafts that is still being practiced. Pottery adorns majority of Indian homes because of its exquisite and elegant features.

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    Pottery is the art of making earthenware using moist clay and then drying them. Drying is done either by exposure to the sun, fire, baking in kilns or ovens.

    Indian pottery comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. This craft is used to make every type of earth-ware like cooking vessels, food bowls, storage red pots, urns, flower pots and decorative pots.

    The raw materials used in making pottery are clay and water which can be found throughout the country.

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    There are two popular methods of making pottery in India. They either use their hands or wheel to makes pottery. There are different styles or types of pottery in India.

    • Glazed pottery
    • Unglazed pottery
    • Terracotta
    • Papier-Mache

    Unglazed Pottery

    This is one of the ancient forms of pottery in India. There are three different types of unglazed glazed pottery.

    • Paper thin pottery with makes use of incised patterns.
    • Pottery made using the scraffito technique, which involves polishing and painting intricate patterns.
    • The third is polished pottery, which makes use of stylized patterns of arabesques.

    Glazed Pottery

    Glazed pottery is popular in many states in India. This kind of pottery has a white background and the patterns are green and blue. Delhi and Khurja are renowned for the blue pottery. This pottery does not use clay, instead, it is covered with finely ground glass and then fired.

    Terracotta

    This style of pottery is mainly involved sculptures. This form of pottery is commonly displayed in places of worship. In the rural parts of India, women make decorative sculptures to adorn their homes. During festivals, they also use clay to make idols of their gods and goddesses.

    Papier Mache

    Papier Mache is an old form of pottery in India. It makes use of pulp paper and adhesive solution. After soaking the paper in the solution for a few days, the paper is molded and painted.

  • Handicrafts in Goa

    Goa is for its famous art and craft work. The art and crafts of Goa are high in utilitarian value as well as aesthetics. The local craftsmen in Goa design articles from coconut husks, wood, brass and color them with various vibrant color paints to make them attractive. Handicrafts do not only contribute to the livelihood of the local people but also play a very big major role in Goa tourism.

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    The main art forms of the state are seashell crafts, bamboo crafts, woodcarvings, wooden lacquer, Jute Macramé, Fabric collage fiber and batik prints, fiber stone carvings, cotton dolls, soft toys and artistic weaving

    Goa doesn’t lag overdue as far as local arts and crafts are apprehensive and with the unresolved craftsmanship of the local artisans and have achieved to carve out a place for itself in this highly economical field. Handicrafts are traded all over major tourist spots and various handicrafts emporia’s.

    One of the handicrafts products includes hand-made hats, knotted mats, masks and tough ropes which are mainly made from the coconut husk. This is well-thought-out to be the adored handicrafts in Goa and their worth cannot be destabilized when it comes to gorgeous handicrafts.

    Another material of the handicraft is the jute macramé craft. It’s among the inexpensive natural fibers extensively used by the craftsmen of Goa when it comes to scheming ornamental things such as ladies purses, flower pots, and wall hangings. Jute materials are made from unique crafts in India and Jute Macramé craft products are extensively used.

    Other materials used for craft is brass. Brass is rummage-sale to mold various designs and the view is just best when it comes to numerous products with shapes and sizes. Some of the products comprise hanging lamps, candle stands, and ashtrays. Artistes do all with such exactness that makes the products look great.

    The art of bamboo craft is supposed to have created from the countryside areas of Goa. Bamboo craft is supposed to be the primogenital arts. It is used to make numerous products like farming baskets and fishing baskets.

    The government of Goa supports these local handicrafts makers and there is no dearth of various products which mark the Goa culture in its entirety.

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  6. ...
  7. 29