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The history behind south Indian handicrafts

From ancient tribal art to British Colonial period, the history of Indian handicrafts is immense in diversion. The colorful pots, the authentic hand stitches, the extravagant fabric paintings are not only stunning but also mesmerizes your artistic soul. Indian handicrafts date back to 5000 years ago, when India's exposure to other countries, encouraged the craftsmanship of India's hard work. Gradually, the mere pieces of handicrafts grew into a colossal profession, which is still adored worldwide. Initially, most of the Indian handicrafts were outsourced as a utility product, but with the changes in time, these handicrafts rather become classy and chic decors to place at homes. Not only home decors, Indian handicrafts also include hand woven sarees, paintings, statues, and sculptures. Indian handicraft is diversified into four zones, north, south, east and west. South Indian handicrafts date back to Indus valley civilization. The stories about South Indian handicrafts are not only appealing but also worth knowing.


South India has a lot to offer when it comes to art and handicrafts. The four states that comprise of South India are Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, each of which has its own individual hand made products to offer. From silk sarees to sandalwood and rosewood sculptures to brassware, South India has a wide range of products to offer. While Karnataka is known for its fine silk and handicrafts, Andhra Pradesh is well renowned for its extensive range of hand painting. One of the most famous and ancient handicrafts of South India are made up of wood and coconut shells. Coconut shell toys are widely found in Kerala. And wood handicrafts are more famous in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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When it comes to South India, talk about its traditional hand woven sarees is a must. Kanjeevaram and kalamkari sarees are the most famous handloom fabrics of South India, which are widely outsourced to different parts of the world. Silk sarees are another famous essence of South India. Visiting south India and not rolling your eyes over its wide range of silk fabric will be a loss.

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South India's metal craft is somewhat different than that of other parts of India. South Indian metal works are generally made up of brass. Every piece of metal craft made in South India is made up of different mold or Sancha, which makes each piece a masterpiece. Tanjore painting, bidri crafts and brassware, are other famous handicrafts found in India. A lot of wood crafts can be seen in South Indian temples and houses. Wooden decors are used to design doors and interior of South Indian houses. South Indian wooden handicrafts date back to the Indus valley civilization and still they are used to decorate doors and interior of new mansions in South India.

South Indian handicrafts also include its gamut of handicraft jewelry. Hyderabad offers an authentic range of pearl jewelry. History says that the ruling period of Mughals in South India brought in the vogue of pearl jewelry in India.

Keeping in context, the wide of the history of South Indian handicrafts, it contributes a large part of Indian economy.

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