(Last Updated on : 21/09/2013)
of Union Territories
of India intricately beautiful and capture the fancies of tourists and locals alike. They bring out the artistic capabilities, dexterity and creativity of the people of the region.
Crafts of Puducherry
is famous for leather craft
, mat weaving, papier mache
, candle-making, metal crafts
, incense sticks, jute crafts
, jewellery crafts, wood carving
and clay dolls. It is also famous for weaving a variety of cloths like satin, twill, corduroy, poplin, chambray, oxford cambric and Khadi. Passport holders, shoes, bags, writing pad holder, address books and other accessories of leather are made here. Puducherry is also known for its jewelleries of silver, terracotta
and other materials. There is a high demand for wall hangings, carpets
, carry bags, jewelleries, decorative objects, handbags made of jute
which are not only popular in India but also abroad. Wood carvings which include toys, grinders, vessels, vegetables
cutters and wooden serving spoons manufactured in this territory are also well-known.
Crafts of Delhi
The crafts of Delhi
have received royal patronage in the past and it was the hub of crafts in ancient India. Some of the various crafts of Delhi are, jewellery making, toy making, zardozi
embroidery and blue pottery.
Crafts of Lakshadweep Islands
The arts and crafts of Lakshadweep
are made using the local resources that are available like coconut
shells, seashells and tortoise shells. The indigenous garments of this region portray the diverse crafts that involve manufacturing of ethnic, richly embroidered jackets, junk jewellery, bamboo basket
s and mats, leather footwear and other crafts like wood carving, creating various articles from shells and so on. Since Lakshadweep contains an abundance of oysters, shells and corals, local craftsmen are engaged in creating different kinds of crafts.
Crafts of Daman and Diu
The unique crafts of Daman are mat weaving, and that of Diu are tortoise shell and ivory carving. Tortoise shell crafts, mat-weaving with the aide of modern and traditional motifs, ivory-carving and numerous other forms of crafts are practised in Daman and Diu
Crafts of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
The famous crafts of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
are leather slippers and weaving of bamboo mats
and baskets. The leather slippers manufactured in this part of India are distinguished, mainly due to their durability and unique beauty. Dadra and Nagar Haveli's beautifully designed mats manufactured from bamboo fibres, gold and green torpe grass are also immensely popular.
Crafts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
are famous for carpentry and woodwork, shell craft and basketry and mat making. Wood carvings, shell craft
, cane craft
and bamboo crafts
are amongst the notable crafts of this region of the country. Numerable types of furniture composed of chui, 'paduak' and marblewood are found here. Marvellous cane and bamboo baskets are also produced in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Bangles made of tortoise shells, ashtrays, jewelleries and several other products made of shells are the magnificent crafts of this union territory.
These union territories of India boast of some of the most artistic handicrafts, which are manufactured from various kinds of materials, ranging from metals, trees and plants, shells and leather. Many of these unique crafts are exported outside the country and possess a high demand both in the national and overseas markets.