Friday, April 24th, 2009 | Author:

hIf India is known for its wonderful assortment of paintings and sculptures then handicraft further adds value to the overall beauty of Indian art. In fact, the culture of handicraft is so prevalent in India that it has always been proudly associated with India. Skilled artisans of India have given us numerous craft work in last few centuries. Also known as craft-work, handicraft found a new direction during Mughal reign. The primary use of this form of art is in making range of articles using the biggest weapon of a human body, i.e., hands. Not everybody can master this art instantly. This requires years of hard work and dedication to learn the nuances of handicraft.

Handicraft artisans mostly belong to a tradition who has continued to produce astounding number of craft-works over the years. The tradition has been further bolstered by usage of modern tools and latest themes. Handicraft hasn’t fallen prey to the clutches of modern day technologies rather it has used them to further enhance the beauty of the craft. Many had doubted the longevity of this craft because of arrival of latest tools but handicraft has proved the doomsayers wrong. It has continued its march forward with even more vigorous zeal and class.

Traditional method of handicraft was limited to few products but now a day, several modern products have added to the arsenal of handicraft. These include, fashion jewelry, wooden coasters, photo frames, candle holders, Christmas hangings and several other products. Craft-works enjoy popularity all across the world because of their class and uniqueness. At the same time, popularity of handicraft helps in generating employment. Handicraft works are a great source of revenue for government. Handicraft items have maintained their local flavor and earthy charm and yet managed to keep up with modern advancements.

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