The major art forms of the state include pottery and terracotta, woodwork, brass and metal work, crochet and embroidery, bamboo craft, fibre craft, batik prints and metal embossing.
The rich red, smooth surfaces of the earthenware of Goa have a distinct style of their own. Potters produce utility and decorative items with a realistic touch. The various items produced include, flower garden pots, bowls with floral designs, figures of saints, gods and Godesses, animals, ashtrays, penholders etc. Although pottery is made all over Goa, Borde and Bicholim are the two famous centers of earthenware.
Woodwork is a tradition of Goa, which shot to prominence with the coming of Portugese. This talent was fine tuned when Western style furniture was produced in Goa mainly to be exported to other countries. The designs are mainly floral, animal and human figures. Woodwork of Verem, Bardez and Cuncolim are famous.
Goa is renowned for its brass items especially, sarnais. The craft has passed on from one generation to another, which was practiced on hereditary basis. The various items produced include oil lamps in various designs, candle stands, temple towers, church bells, ashtrays etc.
Crochet and Embroidery is another traditional craft of Goa, which also developed, with the advent of the Portugese. This craft, which passed on from one generation to another, has improved in quality and design from time to time. Hankies, tablecloths, children and ladies garment, cushion covers and bread spreads are the various items, which have embroidery work.
Bamboo craft is another Goan craft, which has its own style and was practiced here by the 'mahars' a scheduled caste of Goa. The range of items produced includes patlo (baskets), valli (used for washing rice and grains) 'supli' (for cleaning rice) mats in different sizes and dali (used by farmers for drying food grains). With time this craft has become even more innovative.
Fibre craft was brought and developed in Goa by the nuns from Kerela. The range of items includes shopping bags, ladies purse, coasters and wall hangings, which are usually made of banana or sisal fiber.
The Metal embossing craft is a recent addition in the constellation of Goan crafts. This range consists of wall hangings of gods and goddesses and other figures of different motifs.
The Seashell craft is an exclusive craft of Goa. The major items produced in this category are ashtrays, lampshades, coasters, chandeliers, curtains, pot hangers, tablemats, clocks, mirror frame etc.
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