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Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities

and hobbies that are related to making things
with one's own hands and skill. These can be sub-
divided into handicrafts or "traditional crafts"
(doing things the old way) and the rest. Some
crafts have been practiced for centuries, while
others are modern inventions, or popularizations Moroccan souk crafts
of crafts which were originally practiced in a very souvenirs in medina
small geographic area.

The specific name Arts and Crafts movement

was also given to a design movement of the late
19th and early 20th century, whose proponents
included William Morris and Edwin Lutyens. They
believed that medieval craftsmen achieved a joy
in the excellence of their work, which they strove
to emulate.
These activities are called crafts because Ceramic Handycrafts
originally many of them were professions. they
were well-equipped to set up in trade for
themselves, earning their living with the skill of
their hands. The Industrial Revolution and the
increasing mechanization of production
processes gradually reduced or eliminated many
of the roles professional craftspeople played, and
today 'crafts' are most commonly seen as a form
of hobby.

Mexican Arts And Crafts Jute Handy Craft

Most crafts require a combination of skill and talent, but they
can also be learnt on a more basic level by virtually anyone.
Many Community centers and schools run evening or day
classes and workshops offering to teach basic craft skills in a
short period of time. Many of these crafts become extremely
popular for brief periods of time (a few months, or a few years),
spreading rapidly among the crafting population as everyone
emulates the first examples.

Wooden Handy Crafts


History & Traditions

The traditions of Indian arts and crafts are
rooted deeply in the lap of history. Since
Indus-valley civilization in 3000 BC, several
forms of arts and crafts have been
originated and flourished. A significant
development has taken place in the realms
of textile, stone crafts, metal craft, painting,
music, pottery craft, wood craft and many
more. These art forms began as an
expression of inner creativity but in later
course, they evolved as full vocation. The
artifacts were made for different purposes
viz. for trade and commerce, royalty and
common people. The journey of the
development of arts and crafts has passed
through several stages involving several
beliefs and traditions.

The history of Indian handicrafts goes back

to almost 5000 years from now. There are
numerous examples of handicrafts from the
Indus Valley Civilization. The tradition of
crafts in India has grown around religious
values, needs of the common people and
also the needs of the ruling elites. In
addition to this foreign and domestic trade
have also played an important role in the
evolution of different craft forms in India.
Going back to the Indus valley civilization
we find a rich craft tradition and a high
degree of technical excellence in the field
of pottery, sculpture (metal, stone and
terracotta), jewelry, weaving etc. The
Harappan craftsmen not only catered to
all the local needs but traded with the
outside world via sea routes. In the Vedic
age (1500 B.C.), we find numerous
references in the Vedas of artisans
involved in pottery making, weaving,
wood craft etc. The Rig Veda refers to a
variety of pottery made from clay, wood
and metal. There is a reference to weavers
and weaving.

Weaving takes
place in many
regions of India.
Each region has
tradition designs
for the motifs,
design and
colours. Handloom
weaving takes
place in villages
supporting lakhs of
families for their

Traditional waving of abric and sarees map of

In the Mauryan age we find great development in the field of
sculpture. In this period more than 84,000 stupas are said to be built
in India, including the famous Sanchi Stupa, which has beautiful stone
carving and relief work done on it. Numerous sculptures from
Bharhut, Mathura, Amravati, Vaishali, Sanchi etc show female figures
adorned with a display of jewelry, which continues to inspire
contemporary jewelry making. The period between 1st century B.C.
and 1st century A.D. was a period of political confusion as a result of
foreign invasions. The impact of this turmoil is visible in the amazing
Buddhist sculptures from Taxila, Begram, Bamiyan, Swat valley etc.

The Medieval period the

handicraftsmen flourished in the field
of pottery, weaving, wood carving,
metal working, jewelry etc. The
contribution of the Cholas and the
Vijaynagar Empire in the field of bronze
sculpture, silk weaving, jewelry, temple
carving is simply unparalleled. The
Mughal period was the golden period
in the history of Indian art, craft and
culture. The Mughals introduced
methods like inlay work, glass
engraving, carpet weaving, brocades,
enameling etc. During the Kushana period
Jewelry, sculpture, textile making,
leather products, metal working
etc. were the main handicrafts that
assimilated foreign influences and
used them in accordance with the
Indian setting. The murals at
Ajanta and Ellora bear testimony
to it.
Types of crafts in india
The art of making crafts by hand in
India is called Indian handicrafts. In
ancient India people lived in colonies
called tribals and they were used to
make utility items for their daily use,
that art of making the crafts called
handicrafts, and the items called
handicrafts goods.Then people
started selling these products in the
local markets (haat).

Dastkar Nature Bazaar, Delhi

Dakshinachitra Crafts Village Tamilnadu
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• Stone work
• Metal work
• Pottery
• Wood craft
• Gems and Jewellery
• Paintings
• Textiles
• Leather works
• Carpet Weaving
• Bamboo Craft
Village market, people selling
Crafts of Andhra Pradesh
Indian arts and crafts have made a distinction for themselves all over
the world. These ancient skills have been learned and acquired by
craftsmen from their forefathers and today it unfolds itself in a
splendid variety of products, combining aesthetic appeal with
utilitarian value. Each region of India marvels in handicrafts
portraying the genius of its local craftsmen. Andhra Pradesh in the
south has patronized itself in a host of arts and crafts that not only
attract millions but earn the artisans a decent livelihood. The various
forms of arts and crafts are aristocratic to this state and are not
found anywhere else in India.

If any of the several head turning art and
crafts of Andhra Pradesh is same popular
with the adults and the children, it is the
Kondapalli dolls. The Kondapalli dolls of
Andhra Pradesh are light weighted wooden
dolls, which come from a small village
called Kondapalli in the vicinity of
Vijayawada. The dolls are so adorable yet
warm and realistic. The faces of the figures
are extremely expressive and the subjects
are taken from our life
Resist dyed Textiles