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Handicraft is a process of working with raw materials manually or with the help of basic tools to create useful or decorative products from clay, rock, paper, stone, etc which are crafted by skilled artisans.

Handicrafts represent the legendary culture, heritage, and preserve the legacy. Indian crafts are extremely old, and therefore the incontrovertible fact that they’re still preserved today is solid proof of their quality and significance.

Famous Indian handicrafts that carry the taste of our culture:

Bamboo Handicrafts : Items that are made from bamboo are baskets, toys, toys, sieves, mats, wall hangings, umbrella handles, crossbows, khorahi, kula, dukula, saddlery, jewelry boxes, etc. Most bamboo handicrafts are made in West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura.

Cane Handicrafts : Cane goods are a famous form of handicrafts in India that includes useful items such as trays, baskets, stylish furniture, etc.

Metal handicrafts : Metals are usually associated with hardness, sturdiness, and solid utility. Metal handicrafts in India consist of bidri ware, pembharti, kamrupi. Metal handicrafts are mostly made in Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

Bone and horn handicrafts : Bone and horn handicrafts is born in the state of Odisha. These are famous for making forms of birds and animals that look very real and lively.

Brass Handicrafts : Brass is famous for its durability, and this makes it a very good material to use in making handicraft items. The artisans that deal with the creation of the brass handicrafts are specifically known as kansaris. Rajasthan is the main manufacturing center of brass handicrafts.

Earthenware handicrafts : Earthenware handicrafts also known as pottery are made with clay, terracotta and are famous worldwide. Blue pottery from Rajasthan is one of the specialties of India.

Dhokra Handicrafts : Dhokra is the oldest form of handicrafts and is known for its traditional simplicity. This tribal handicraft originated in Madhya Pradesh. States like West Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha are involved in making these handicrafts. Dhokra is known for its unique accessories showcasing folk character. Dhokra ornaments, Kendal stands, pen stands, ashtrays, and a variety of decorative items are found in all handicraft shops.

Jute handicrafts : The wide range of jute crafts consist of bags, office stationery, bangles and other jewelry, footwear, wall hanging, and many more. West Bengal, Assam, and Bihar are the largest jute producers and also lead the jute handicrafts market in India.

Paper handicrafts : This craft industry is mainly located in Delhi, Rajgir, Patna, Gaya, Awadh, Ahmedabad, and Allahabad.
Many crafts like kites, masks, decorative flowers, lampshades, puppets, hand fans, etc. are made by mixing bright colored paper.

Rock handicrafts : Rock handicrafts are one of the specialties of India. Marble work from Agra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Nagpur; Stone carvings from Madhya Pradesh and various other states of India represents the rich culture of India.

Shell handicrafts : Shell handicrafts are commonly present places on the seashore such as the Gulf of Mannar, Goa, Odisha, etc. are the places of rock handicrafts. Many types of items like bangles, forks, decorative bowls, lockets, spoons, buttons, curtains, chandeliers, mirror frames, table mats, etc. are shell handicrafts items.

Filigree or Meenakari or Tarakashi : There are three types of famous filigree works i.e. rose work, siko work, and jari work. It is ornamental work especially of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper applied chiefly to gold and silver surfaces. Apart from Cuttack in Odisha, Karimnagar in Telangana is also famous for this handicraft.

Weaving or Embroidery Handicrafts : Major weaving or embroidery handicrafts of India are Chikankari from Lucknow, Crewel embroidery, applique, Mirror work from Rajasthan and Haryana, Kantha from West Bengal, Phulkari from Punjab, Pashmina shawls from Kashmir.

Wood Handicrafts : Axes, toys, utensils, decorative items, ornaments, and many decorative household items such as lampshades, candle stands, vermilion boxes, jewelry boxes, bangle holders, etc. are some of the wooden crafts that are used in almost every Indian household. Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh are known for their unique woodwork.

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