(Last Updated on : 03/02/2014)
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are ideal tourist destination in India. Dominated by the tribals, the craft of the region, display the creative aspect of the tribals who dexterously and artistically work on crafts.
Carpentry and woodwork
are the indigenous crafts of Andaman, Several furniture of varying shapes and dimension are made out of ornamental and durable woods like paduak, marblewood, chui etc. Tabletops made of paduak burr are a novel item.
Cane and bamboo
are available in abundance, and beautiful cane baskets are made out of thin cane twig, which are used by women for storage and carrying market produce.
This island is famous for the shell craft
, which developed because of the availability of the raw material.Shells are cleaned and polished to make table lamps, ashtrays, jewelry and buttons. The Tortoise shell that is a large and beautiful shell, which is, found here in beautiful shades and can be put to any use. Products like boxes; bangles made of tortoise shell are very attractive and have a relatively good demand in the market. The items are mainly used for decorative use.
The traditional crafts of Nicobar are basketry and mat making
which women do in their leisure time. The mats are made from coconut stems and pandanus leaves. To make the mats attractive, light and dark coloured leaves are interwoven to make an attractive pattern. The mats have a soft light and have a glossy surface.