(Last Updated on : 10/02/2011)
India is one of the richest countries in the world as far as arts and culture is concerned. The Indian people are often involved in making high quality handicraft products. Different types of handicrafts are made in India and have earned significant popularity in the international market. Handicraft in Indian villages is considered one of the major occupations, as many people earn their livelihoods by producing different types of handicrafts.
Handicrafts in Indian villages are of different kinds. The major types of handicrafts are pottery, metal craft, gold jewellery, wood craft, shell craft, cane craft, needle craft embroidery, ivory craft, comb craft, glass craft, paper craft, sholapitha craft, weaving, silver jewellery, etc. All these types of handicrafts are considered major sources of income for numerous people in the Indian villages. The artisans create these handicrafts either at homes or in a cooperative basis or on behalf of any big concern involved with the marketing of handicrafts products. The village fairs, melas and festivals are some of the best places for the Indian village artisans to sell their products.
Handicrafts in Indian villages are made for serving various purposes. While some of the handicrafts products are made for daily uses, there are a few that are made for decorative purposes. Villages in different parts of India are famous for producing different types of handicrafts. While the villages of West Bengal are famous for making the handicraft products like Terracotta, Sholapitha craft, etc., the villages of Gujarat are famous for the products like brass and iron items, clay items, wooden furniture, embroidery, silver jewellery, dhurries, carpets, blankets, rugs, etc. The villages in other parts of the country are also famous for making different types of handicrafts products.
Handicrafts in Indian villages are practised since the ancient period. Handicraft is also a major occupation for the villagers since the ancient period. The governmental authorities in India are encouraging people to take up handicrafts as their occupation in the recent years as the Indian handicrafts products bring a huge amount of foreign currency to the country.