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Discovering India Through 7 Beautiful Handicrafts

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The handicrafts industry is a rare and dying one, what with the advent of machines and assembly line manufacturing, the art of creating something carefully with your own hands for someone to cherish and feel special about, is all but nearly extinct. However, a few passionate souls still give it their all to keep this waning art alive. The All India Handicrafts Week celebrates their spirit and encourages you to take part in making their lives less difficult! Know more about some of these crafts from around the nation!

Discovering India Through 7 Beautiful Handicrafts:

  1. Madhubani (Bihar)
  2. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  3. Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Bhuj (Gujarat)
  5. Nagaland
  6. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  7. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)

Day 1. The vibrant paintings of Madhubani, Bihar

The vibrant paintings of Madhubani, Bihar
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Madhubani is an art of painting stemming in the eponymous town in Bihar! Few people are aware of the fact that this art was used against deforestaion in 2012 when the artists created colourful masterpieces on tree trunks which resulted in saving all the  painted trees and not a single one of them was cut! HolidayIQ traveller Srinidhi says, "The local art of madhubani is simply unique and makes you think about nature."

Day 2. Chickan work of Lucknow!

Chickan work of Lucknow!
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Also known as 'kadhai' work, Chikankari of Lucknow has many admirers and you can easily get clothes with chickan work at about half the price in Lucknow than other places. Apart from this, you can also dig into the lip smacking, country-famous street food of Lucknow to get recharged for more bargaining and shopping! HolidayIQ tourist Riyaz says, "The chickan work of Lucknow is very popular among women of all ages in India."

Day 3. Kanchipuram silk work

Kanchipuram silk work
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One of the most well known and sought after silk saris in India, the Kanchipuram varient has carved out a niche for itself thanks to impeccable workmanship and alluring shimmer. HolidayIQ Traveller Thulaseedharan says, “Visit the beautiful temple village of Kanchipuram. The major attraction of Kanchipuram is the kanchipuram pattu saree. The artisians make sarees in their local machines. Beautifully made, the saris are low priced! You can purchase saris and other handicrafts items from the village artisans in one third of the price that it is actually sold in the market.”

Day 4. Mirror work of Bhuj and Kutch

Mirror work of Bhuj and Kutch
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The unique art of sewing tiny mirror pieces into anything that can be worn or used for decoration is quite popular in the villages of Gujarat. Drop by to take a look at goegeous lehengas studded with numerous tiny mirror pieces!  HolidayIQ Traveller Sarmistha Sen says, “The seat of Indian handicrafts and textiles, prints and wonderful, charming, friendly people add to the charm of the place. Visit the villages around for wonderful handicrafts and textiles.” 

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Day 5. Embroidery of Nagaland!

Embroidery of Nagaland!
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The Diezephe Craft village in Dimapur district is home to a very unique art of handicraft- bamboo basketry. From intricate tribal warrior scarfs to exquisite pieces of bamboo baskets crafted meticulously with painstaking attention to detail, making the objects a culture collector's dream!

Day 6. Pashmina shawls of Kashmir

Pashmina shawls of Kashmir
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The Changthang region is located in Ladakh in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. There is a small community of people known as the Changpa tribe who are traditional producers of the world famous pashmina wool. A fine type of cashmere wool, pashmina is in high demand for its texture and warmth qualities. HolidayIQ Traveller Amarprit says, “Buy pashmina, yak shawls or stoles and Kashmiri carpets.” 

Day 7. Marble work in Agra!

Marble work in Agra!
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The exotic marble stone craft of Agra is quite popular among tourists and natives alike. The process that goes into making this is intricate and takes years to perfect. HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Ghosh says, “Exquisite handicrafts made from white marble are in great demand both in India and abroad. Buyers are fascinated by the intricate work on this white stone that is chiseled by expert craftsmen into beautiful shapes."

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