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Housewarming parties are now becoming a new trend these days. If we look back these housewarming parties are part of almost all culture and religion. It’s just now we do this “Griha Pravesh” in a much materialistic way know as housewarming parties.

We call our relatives and friends to share this big day of owning a new house and in return, we get a lot of gifts as a form of blessings from all the people.

Now there is one big question. What to gift when you are going for an Indian housewarming party?

Well !! let us help you find some unique handicraft housewarming gifts that you can choose from and that will go well with all types of homes.

1 – Nameplate for a housewarming gift

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A nameplate is one of the most important parts when you are building a new home. But most of the time people forget about it and use some simple boring nameplate. But a nameplate is probably the first thing that can make or break your home exterior decor.  So, you can help your friend to spice up their home exterior by gifting them a custom personalized Nameplate.

Check some unique nameplate collections here.

2- Live Plants for a housewarming gift

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Gifting a live plant as a housewarming gift is a new trend and the motive behind this is also very noble. By gifting a live plant you are not just giving an environment-friendly gift, but you are also introducing a new life in the empty house. This is considered as a great source of positive energy in Vastu Shastra.

check some unique live plants here

3- Brass Bells / Deepak for a housewarming gift

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Brass bells or Brass deepaks are considered as very auspicious in most of the parts in India. This can also make a great home decor item. But above all it also a source of positive energy for the new home which is most needed.

Check some authentic brass bells / Deepaks here

4- Wooden Spice Box for a housewarming gift

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Kitchen is one of the most important parts of a home and in an Indian kitchen, spices are an integral part of every meal you cook. For that, you can gift a traditional wooden masala box which is a unique product that you won’t find in the regular market.

Check unique wooden masala box here

5- Wall Murals for a housewarming gift

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A beautiful home always needs beautiful wall decor which can go with the interior style as well as tradition. Gifting a unique wall decor item as a housewarming gift could be a good option that can help the party host decorate their home in a better way.

Check unique wall decor murals here

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When you do home interior you want everything to be best and you add your personal touch to each and every element.

Name Plates for your door are one of the most important parts of your home interior.

In this post, we will see how to make a handmade nameplate for doors.

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Step -1 Select Material for your handmade nameplate.

The first step to create your own nameplate is to select a base material for your nameplate. There are various elements you can choose from. The most popular and easily available base material is a hard cardboard sheet or cardboard from an old carton box.

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Step -2 Mark the width of the nameplate.

On that cardboard, mark around 10 inches which will be our nameplate width.

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Step -3 Mark the shape of the nameplate.

Make ‘S’ shape on the cardboard to give the initial shape of the nameplate.

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Step -4 Cut the shape of the nameplate.

Use a paper cutter to cut the final shape of the nameplate.

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Step -5 We now have two pieces of the nameplate ready.

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Step -6 Remove the top layer of the smaller cutout.

This will help us get a rough layer on the top to give it a rough look after paint.

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Step -7 Paste the smaller cutout on the base cardboard.

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Step -8 Create a random pattern on the base cardboard.

Use some fevicol or any other glue tube to make some random pattern on the base cardboard and let it dry.

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Step -9 Create a rope boundary around the cardboard.

Apply some glue all around the nameplate base cardboard and stick a nylon rope all around the borders of the nameplate.

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Step -10 Create letters for the Nameplate.

Use some craft clay or M-Seal (plumbing seal) to create letters of the nameplate.

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Step -11 Play with your creativity to add some more elements.

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Step -12 Start coloring the base with acrylic colors.

Don’t make to too complicated for yourself, you can use simple plain colors.

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Your final Nameplate after coloring should look like this.

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Feel free to share this with your friends.

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India is the land of culture and tradition. From every state of the country, we have a unique tradition, culture, and craft. If some states are rich in Wooden handicrafts then some states are rich in brass handicrafts and so on.

We as a country are so blessed to have these many handicrafts in our country.

But here is one problem.

If someone is living in Delhi they can buy Indian handicrafts that are available locally or in nearby states. But how can someone buy a handicraft product which is made in down south or far east in India?

Thanks to the online handicraft stores that allows anyone to shop Indian handicrafts online from anywhere on India or world.

These handicraft stores online collect handicrafts items from all over the country which allows anyone to buy these unique handicrafts online from anywhere in the world.

Here is our list of best Indian handicraft stores online where you can easily buy unique handicrafts.

1- ExclusiveLane

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Started by two Indian handicraft lover cousins Dhruv & Kaushal Goyal in the year 2012, Exclusive line offers a unique range of Indian handicrafts online.

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2- IndiKala

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Started by ex-Navy offer and his wife with an intention to revive Indian arts and craft. With an amazing collection of various Indian handicrafts, Indikala is a great online handicraft store wot checkout if you are looking to buy Indian handicrafts online.

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3- Unravel India

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With a pure passion about Indian culture and handicrafts, Deepali Pandey, a project manager in an MNC started an Indian handicraft online store with a sole motive of making Indian handicrafts available to the world.

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4- Giskaa

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Handicrafts from Eastern part of India are very unique and are not easily available online. Thanks to the online Handicraft store by Giskaa for making these amazing handicrafts from North East available to the world.

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5- Vareesha

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Based in Ghaziabad U.P. Vareesha is on online handicraft store which is more focused on U.P. and Haryana Indian handicrafts. Their ceramic handicraft collection os worth checking out.

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6- Maya Organic

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Maya Organic is one of our favorite Indian handicraft stores online. Reviving a 1000 years old craft called channapatna. If you are looking for some unique products with organic colors which are safe for your kids then they are the best.

View all Maya Organic products 

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If you are building your dream bungalow or you are going for a house warming party of your friend’s bungalow. There is one gift or one product that everyone love to have is a nameplate for their bungalow.

There are various options available online and here is our list of best nameplate designs for bungalows that you can get for yourself or for your friends or relatives.

One of the main things that people should look in a nameplate design for a bungalow is that if it is weatherproof or not, Or at least you can use a lamination on it without compromising the quality of the nameplate.

1- Name Plate Designs For Bungalows Design 01

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A wooden nameplate with a golden text on it is always in trend. They go very well on side pillars of the bungalows and if you have a plain main gate then also it will good on it.

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There is a huge trend these days to have a glowing nameplate. People like to light up their bungalow and there is no way you can miss your nameplate. So nameplates with back glowing light are very popular these days.

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Another popular design for a nameplate for your bungalow is using wood and transparent glass with acrylic letters.

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Next in our list is a very modern and beautiful nameplate design for the bungalow which used a stone piece or tile with acrylic fonts. It looks really classy when you get a perfect color combination on the front of the bungalow.

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A nameplate for a bungalow with metal fonts, wooden base and a border with stone make a perfect combination of style and tradition.

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One of the best all weather proof nameplate for your bungalow is having a steel nameplate. With all the elements either steel or acrylic makes this nameplate stand any weather without any issue.

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Here is one more design that goes well with any kind of bungalow design. With a rock base and contrast color acrylic fonts. This nameplate will surely stand out.

Also, do check out our 10 Best name plate designs for flats.

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When you are living in a Flat you have very fewer options to decorate your flat / Apartment front entrance. You can add a beautifully designed door and do some decorations from plants and wall hangings but there is one thing that can make your flat entrance look absolutely outstanding, and i.e. a nameplate.

Yes, When you choose a beautiful nameplate design especially for your Flat then it can make great effects on the look of your flat entrance.

So in this post, we will help you find some amazingly beautiful Name Plate Designs for Flats which you can order online.

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If you are on a budget and need a nameplate with a beautiful design for your flat then this nameplate can be a good option. Its made up of wood and MDF and letters are done in Acrylic. The best part is you can give your font style as well.

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A lot of people prefer a steel Nameplate design for their flats but it’s hard to find some elegant designs in steel. But there is one steel nameplate design for your flats what will make your door look amazing.

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Another great option to make an elegant door nameplate is to use Engraved Nameplates. These nameplates are basically made of wood and are available at a very nominal price.

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These kinds of nameplates really stand out if your space allows that kind of nameplate. These nameplates will make your flat look more artistic yet elegant.

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If you love paintings and watercolor then this nameplate is a perfect fit for your flat. The nameplate is simple yet very creative and is the best choice for people who love art and paintings.

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If you have a plan door without much or woodcarving on the front door or you have a large area of wall available then this luxury style nameplate will be a perfect fit for your flat.

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No matter what style of flat you are living in but there are some nameplates that can easily go with that. This glass and acrylic nameplate is the perfect example of that.

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If you love colorful things around then this nameplate for your flat will surely give you some really good vibes. This ceramic tiles look so colorful and are text is also made of ceramic clay.

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A simple wood carving design with typography can give a perfect look to your flat.

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If you love Indian Handicraft and handmade stuff then this nameplate is the one for your flat. Using Dhokra craft from Chhattisgarh and Mango wood from U.P. this nameplate is a little piece of India in your home.

Do check out our full collection of Designer Nameplates to see more options.

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Why should one choose handmade crafts over mass-produced items?

Comparing handmade crafts with mass-production of items is completely erroneous in the first place. The handmade products are not created in the same way and they are not sold in the same way. Mass produced goods are sold cheaply in lots while handmade products take up ample time to make since they are made one at a time by one person.

 Here are top 20 reasons to buy handmade crafts:

 1. These Products are Unique

 Handmade products are not just products but unique creations made by someone with love, creativity, and respect to their art. The delicate work shows.

2. Gifting These Crafts Makes It More Special

Gifts are a token of love. When one buys handmade crafts, and gifts the same, the love and emotion are conveyed through them. The entire gift giving process stems from the love embedded in those gifts and hence handmade items are worthy of gifting to your special ones. It is akin to writing a letter with pen, ink, and paper, rather than typing out words on the computer.

3. Handmade Crafts Last Longer

Since handmade items are of high quality, they are long-lasting, unlike mass-produced goods that are made of cheap material and routine processes by machines. Artisans are very proud of their work, and hence craft items that are known for their longevity.

4. It Shows The Local Culture

Handmade crafts are a reflection of the long lost culture and tradition of the society. By buying handmade stuff, we are embracing and celebrating the diversity of different regional cultures and ideas.

5. Support for Local Artists and Business

We are giving support to local artisans and business along with local economy and community by buying handmade products. This also aids the lifestyle of the people living merely on their talent for making things based on their culture.

6. High-Quality Products

Buying handmade is about buying quality products that are handmade, which means avoiding mass production of products that are cheaper in quality.

7. Customize The Product as You Need

Since every item is made by hand, one can customize them by getting it done from the artisan himself. Talk directly to them to tweak the colours or add something to it based on your own preferences.

8. Go Green with Environment-Friendly Items

By buying these goods, one is helping the environment since most of them are made from waste and recyclable material, thus reducing your contribution to carbon footprint too.

9. Most Craft Items Use waste or Recycle Material

As these artisans use recycled materials, one is making use of waste to make something constructive and get them for use. Wastage of resources is already a big problem in the world.

10. You Form a Unique Connection With The Maker

You connect with every artisan responsible for making the handmade crafts in a metaphysical manner, a unique connection with the maker.  It is always splendid to meet the clothing designer, author, or chef who is responsible for what we wear, read and eat.  It is a similar feeling but with the heart involved too.

11. Handmade Craft is Real Thing Made by Hands

Many items can be manufactured by machines and involve the use of chemicals and labour but by using sustainable resources, one is giving back to nature and there is an emotional connect with the product that is made with help from nature and two physical hands.

12. Buying Handmade Ensures That Some Lost Skills are Kept Alive

It is important to buy handmade things so that one could preserve the art of making those things too. These skills are passed on from generations and involve years of patience, passion, commitment and sincerity too. We need to keep our culture alive through these arts.

13. There Is No Wait Time Involved

There is no “wait time” for the products to be designed since most of the makers will deliver the goods within some time you order them.

14. It Is Affordable

Although it is believed that handcrafted items are costly, they are pretty much affordable and worthy of the effort behind. Mind you, they are not factory made products but beautiful creations made with love and care and hence priceless too.

15. It Direct Connects With Artist

It is tough to find things in a home where one could point out the makers too. We seldom get a chance to buy something made by a fellow human and this is a thing to cherish.

16. Low Fraud Risk Because It Is One to One Relationship

These products can be bought without the risk of the fraudulence of any measure because they can be bought directly from the makers themselves. Any fault can be directly rectified too, unlike the machine made goods.

17. Personal Shopping Experience

Buying handmade does not require going to malls or listening to advertisements to grab something that is being showcased. It is simple shopping that is personalised owing to the fact that the goods are directly bought from the makers themselves.

18. Handmade Craft Represent Creativity and Imagination

Nearly every handmade gift is an ode to creativity and imagination along with talent. The craftsmanship is a thing to behold and worthy of their value too.

19. High Demand Worldwide

As pointed out earlier, handmade gifts are nowadays in high demand.

The handmade retail giant reported more than 20% growth in merchandise sales on an annual basis. The demand is set to be high enough since it is tough to find goods made physically nowadays of fine quality.

20. Supporting The Dreams of Creative Individuals

Buying handmade is a win-win situation for all involved since you will be supporting the livelihoods and dreams of creative artisans and in return, you get beautiful handmade goods that can be used or gifted, right from the heart.

Conclusion

Encouraging handmade crafts is a must nowadays since we want to uphold our own culture as well as the beautiful traditions of varied cultures. Buying these goods will fuel their dreams and encourage them to create beautiful things with creativity and imagination from their own hands.

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Indian handicrafts are varied in nature based on their place of origin and history. The local culture has impacted the handicraft styles to a large extent, thus assuring that each place retains their distinct identity in terms of handicraft offerings.

1.    Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir produce some intricate Kashmiri crafts other than the beautiful land and its picturesque landscape. Kashmir’s handicrafts include baskets, shawls and much more. One of the most appealing crafts includes carpets, woven with wool and even silk yarns. Embroidery is part of traditional handicrafts intricate patterns are designed on cotton fabrics. There are lovely wall hangings that are embroidered with multiple things. Basket making is popular too as they are made from skins of willow trees.

Kashmiri Shawls are soft and comfortable to use and require immense concentration and patience. These shawls are usually made of three fibres including wool, Pashmina and Shahtoosh and decorated with motifs and embroidery. Wood Carving is one of the best-known crafts here, mainly derived from walnut and chinar wood. Though expensive, the fine texture and pattern gives a rich feel to the creations including furniture, jewelry boxes, photo frames and the like. Pure wool weaving and silk weaving are flourishing forms of art and crafts in Kashmir.

2.    Haryana

Haryana handicrafts are exported all over the world. The handicraft industry offers varied forms of art and craft including pottery making, handlooms, woodcarving etc… Panipat is popular for rugs and upholstery fabric and known for its textiles. Artistic decorative pots also form a part of the handicrafts offering, the best coming from Rohtak district. The tilla juttis of Rewari are famous too along with educational toys of Gurgaon.

Phulkari, Bagh, Durries, Paintings, Sculpture and even theater feature prominently in the culture of the state.  In Phulkari embroidery, art motifs of nature and human figures are stitched while Bagh includes geometric patterns of design featuring elephants, houses, gardens, and the like. Durries are rugs with geometric designs made on blue colored cloth, the best ones found in Panipat.

Gods form the basis of sculpture in ancient Haryana and are popular even today. Theater or Swang is also an integral part of the state’s culture, including folklore, music and narration, depicting stories of love, sacrifice, etc.

3.    Rajasthan

The handicraft market of Rajasthan is the biggest and most important market in India. Many bright colored crafts produce utility products of routine use.

Rajasthani handicraft and handlooms include different types of jewelry like silver, kundan and meenakari. The art and crafts extend to handmade paper, precious stones, paintings, marble products, and hand-crafted items, made of wood, ivory, lac, silver and gold etc.

Rajasthan produces exquisite textiles in Bandhani or Bandhej forms portraying the culture. The woollen carpets belonging to Bikaner and Jaipur are brilliant, to say the least. The cotton durries of both, Jodhpur and Jaipur are worth mentioning too. Blue Pottery is another craft that is very popular. Carved wooden furniture of different styles with diverse motifs and fine design from Jodhpur and Kishangarh are extremely famous in all parts of India and abroad.

Rajasthani Quilts from Jaipur are light and soft and made of high quality. Mojaris or Jutis are beautifully embroidered pieces, available in varied patterns, with the best found in Jodhpur and Jaipur. The marble carved wall hangings and sculptures are in huge demand along with ivory bangles. Rajasthan paintings including murals, frescoes and miniatures reflect on the state culture and history too.

4.    Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is mostly known for its wood

Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh is well known for its indigenous wood-carving industry. The state’s woodworking expertise is traditional as the best workers use Sheesham, Dudhi and Sal trees for creating magnificent furniture. Some carpenters work with Teak, Mahogany, and Ebony based on the demand of exports. Tiles or metal are sometimes infused in design and the finish is always impeccable. Popular designs mostly consist of religious idols, artefacts, mirrors, furniture, trays, and chests. Some portable toys carved key chains, and even flower vases are highly in demand.

5.    Gujarat

Gujarat handicrafts have many takers globally since the state is quite affluent in terms of arts and crafts. Gujarat is popular for its unique styles and techniques in embroidery and used to make decorative pieces. Applique or ‘katab’ just like decorative needlework, is well known too.

The tie-dyed fabrics are in great demand world over, especially because of elaborate designs and patterns. Zari work is used with Bandhini to deliver the unique look. Jamnagar and Mandvi are known for introducing some of the best zari work in the country.

Beadwork on different objects like wall decorations is quite popular in Gujarat. The Torans are then hung around in front of houses. Patola presents finest hand-woven sarees while folk jewelry using precious stone with excellent designs is another popular art form here.

Gujarat also offers a plethora of furnishings from cushion covers to quilts that are richly embroidered with different motifs and patchwork. In terms of pottery, the potters of the state can do wonders with clay and make utensils, terracotta toys, paintings, and much more. Additionally, the woodcrafts of Surat and Saurashtra is an old art of the state, mostly found in temples and traditional houses in the state. The textile culture is flourishing owing to its superior quality and heavy use of traditional motifs and designs.

6.    Assam

Assam has a long-flourishing handicrafts business that is known throughout India. The state produces some of the finest silk called ‘Pat’ and ‘Muga’. Weaving and embroidery are part of the primary handicraft industry while Cane and bamboo are popular for making beautiful handicrafts.

Handloom weaving is very special here based on the state’s long tradition. Assam’s jewelry is renowned too where one can get it made of bamboo and cane too. The jewelry also consists of lockets (Jon-biri), bracelets (Gaam-kharu) and necklaces (Gal-pata).

Daily used utilities include baskets, hats, mats, stools and furniture, made of bamboo and cane. Pottery is used for creating toys, household articles, and the like. One can also find some wood carvings in Assam along with masks, prominently used for folk theaters, made with terracotta, metal, bamboo etc.

7.    Maharashtra

Maharashtra has a plethora of handicrafts available, originating from the Mughal, Maratha and British period of history. The true spirit of Maharashtrian culture can be witnessed through the handicrafts including Sawant wadi crafts, bid, leather works, Mashru and Himru, and several folk paintings.

Sawantwadi crafts originate from Sawantwadi in Maharashtra are popular crafts including lacquer ware, available extensively in Goa and Konkan. They are painted with hands and include light fittings. Bidri ware, on the other hand, is an old craft from Aurangabad that makes use of zinc and copper along with silver, which is brocaded, overlaid or inlaid within metal surfaces. The state is also known for its lovely pairs of leather sandals, especially in Kolhapur.

The state also produces a variety of saris in Kolhapur, Pune, and Paithan with impeccable design and quality. Paithani saris are made with pure silk while another popular Maharashtrian sari is Narayan Peth sari that hails from Solapur.

Mashru and Himru fabrics of Aurangabad, made of cotton and silk are available in multi-color designs. The Warli Painting is one traditional painting style done by tribal people of Thane, made by using rice paste and straw.

8.    Orissa

Orissa possesses varied art and craft in its culture as Oriya artisans are well versed in creating awe-inspiring handicrafts including Patta Chitra, Sand Art, Silver Filigree, Stone Carving etc. Patta Chitra is popular in Orissa, wherein the paintings are painted with bright colors with a distinct pictorial concept, line formation, color scheme and the like.

The Metal Work of Orissa includes Dhokra craft with Brass or Bell metal crafts, while Silver Filigree work, locally called as tarakasi is an important skill in the socio-cultural scenario of the state. Stone Carving also holds a prime position as it can be witnessed through monuments and temples in the state. ‘Khadipathara’ is used for sculpting on hardest black granite known as ‘mugunipathara’.

Applique Work is another craft in which colored patches are stitched on the fabric in a unique way. Woodcarving is another important skill in Orissa, wherein wooden toys, masks, idols and the like are created. Ikat is popular in textiles, woven with a gem-colored design made of silk and cotton. Horn Work, Lacquer Work, Puppet and Mask making are other popular arts and crafts in the state.

9.    Madhya Pradesh

The handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh include textile weaving, carpet weaving, bead crafts, terracotta figures and even toys.Gwalior’s Batto Bai doll that consists of bamboo, paper, and rags, feature tribal designs and cultural motifs.

Carpet Weaving is very popular in Gwalior and possesses excellent reputation. Tribal craftsmen also produce bamboo articles that serve for utility as well as decorative purposes. Flat-woven carpets, made of thick cotton woven fabric include bright colors and beautiful patterns. The doll & toy making craft, made of small cloth pieces are created in places like Gwalior, Bhopal, and Jhabua.

Metalwork in Madhya Pradesh is mostly made by tribal people who create oil lamps, tools, and statues that work as souvenirs for foreigners. Artistic ornaments and jewelry are popular here too with the use of thread, metal beads, woven cotton and so on. Painting is a primitive art here and the state features several amazing cave paintings. Papier Mache too originates in Gwalior, Bhopal, and Ratlam, especially in creating mud toys, statues, and dolls.

The tribal people in Bastar region create teracotta statues of high quality while stone sculptures, witnessed in temples of Khajuraho are a testimony to the immense talent in stone carving. Textile Weaving is another art form, wherein Maheshwari and Chanderi saris of the state are hugely popular.

10.    Goa

Being a beach land, the range of Goan handicrafts varies from place to place, as handicrafts revolve around clay, seashells, bamboo and brass. The Brass Work of Goa is one popular medium where artisans use brass to mould and give several forms for making oil lamps, statues, and the like.

Wooden Lacquer is another ancient craft that produces toys, utility items and the like. Papier Mache items like jewelry boxes, wall hangings, and flower vases ar hugely popular too. Bamboo Craft is one of the oldest crafts of the state that is used for making various decorative items including pen stands and lightweight furniture. Goan artists also produce teracotta items such as decorative flowerpots, ashtrays, and figurines.

Woodcarving is an old craft, kept alive by evolving consistently, by developing unique photo frames, idols, bookshelves and the like. Shell collectors design innovations into items like chandeliers, lampshades, coasters, frames, ashtrays etc.

11.    Andhra Pradesh

The capital of AP, Hyderabad’s handicraft market includes exquisite pearl jewelry, bidriware, and wooden carvings. Bidriware includes inlaying silver within an alloy of zinc and copper and Hyderabadi artisans are skillful in the craft.

Kalamkari, on the other hand, is an artisan textile work involving printed cotton, in which the printing is done by hand or by wooden blocks. Colors are derived come from natural dyes. LePakshi is known to sell good-quality paintings. Lacquerware made in and around Hyderabad involves decorating wood or papier-maché objects with various creative techniques including cloud work, pattern work, and even tin foil decorations. The markets by Charminar are famous for these decorations. Wooden carvings are very famous in the city too.

Hyderabad is the biggest manufacturer of pearl jewelry in India, where they are processed and refined. The city is also involved in the drilling and grading of pearls and the hub of the market lies in Laad Bazaar, Charminar. Additionally, in Karimnagar, near Hyderabad, artisans create silver filigree artwork for centuries, providing wearable jewelry and other utilitarian options too.

12.    West Bengal

West Bengal’s heritage of handicrafts is known for its Baluchari Sarees, Silk and Tasar Textile Bankura and the like. Besides the garments, jute products, cane products, conch-shell products, folk dolls, and handicrafts are quite distinguished in this region.

Masks made here are of mythological characters, painted in bright colors, and used for folk festivals. The traditional potters or “Khumbhakars” create decorative items made of teracotta over the ages. Bengal also shares the folk art of Dhokra that includes the lost wax process using metal, brass, scrap and the like. Rag dolls are made with small cloth, cotton & wool for decorative purposes.

Other than the above, shola pith items are used for marriages while cane and bamboo are mainly used for furniture making and for creating decorative items. Kalighat dolls & Natungram wood carvings are very famous of the state and relate to traditional icons.

West Bengal also offers a worthy platform for textiles, where hundreds of weavers and craftsmen meet and interact with regards to textile production and saleable concepts too.

13.    Kerala

Art and crafts of Kerala are hugely popular and attracts a lot of interest abroad. The state also has a tradition of making beautiful handicrafts with different elements including ivory, bamboo, palm leaves, seashells, clay, metals, stone and much more.

The state’s rich cultural heritage is visible in the articles available here from ayurvedic soaps, wood carving, woven fibre baskets, and the like. Temples of Kerala include crafts of metal alloys made of brass and copper.

The Brass and Bell Metal art use alloy of tin, copper, and brass to create different idols.Eco-friendly items like coir mattresses, mats and the like are made from coir and cane.

Lacquer Ware includes artistic woodcarvings created by artisans, especially found in Ernakulam. Sandalwood Carving is popular too as ashtrays, candle stands and many other items are made from sandalwood. Cochin and Trichur are famous for this art. Textiles in Kerala mainly consist of the impeccable Kancheepuram silks while outsiders also prefer buying wooden Toys as souvenirs.

14.    Karnataka

Karnataka produces several crafts by using traditional methods and finesse is the best quality of Karnataka artisans. The temples and monuments in Karnataka are a testimony to the stone-carving skills. Paintings, ivory carving, Mysore silk etc., are immensely popular throughout India and abroad.

Wood carving is a prominent art form in the state, as artisans create new designs for wooden ceilings, doors etc. Mysore Silk is a major export material and the concept of sericulture has risen gradually.

Bidri crafts are limited to few areas while bronze casting is used on bell metal and utilized for performing religious duties. Udupi, Mangalore, and Nagamangala are popular for the craft.

Mysore Paintings are very popular and also the oldest form of art in the state, made of vegetable colors in bright hues. Ivory Carving is in great demand too. Sandalwood Craft is used for making mythological idols while doll making is a craft that is made with wood and the decorated too.

South India

As mentioned above, Karnataka is famous for Wood Carvings, Ivory Carvings, and Sandalwood Handicrafts while Tamil Nadu is more famous for its Kanjeevaram silk sarees, objects developed from palm leaves, bronze statues, Bidri work, sculptures and shiny jewelry. Kerala, on the other hand, is well known for embroidery work, gold and silver jewelry, bamboo mat paintings, and even for wood carvings, Kathakali dolls, masks, and dolls. Pondicherry is mostly well known for perfumed candles, agar batties, pottery, leather items, and even Khadi.

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Do you love Cooking? Great!!!

I am sure you will agree when I say..

Cooking as a passion shared by millions of people around the globe and Social media has now become a life changer of all those who love to cook and share their passion with the world.

Instagram  is one such platform where more than 200MILLION #food images posted by various food and cooking enthusiasts worldwide.

 Crazy isn’t it!!

When so much is going on out there on Instagram, you can’t take a chance to miss to use it to share your passion for food and cooking. It’s just a matter of 1 click on your phone camera or DSLR and your passion is now viewable to a community which is growing like crazy day by day.

With all this, let’s take a look at our pick for 10 Instagram accounts of food blogger you should follow right now to get daily inspiration.

So in no particular order, here we go:

1- @boxofspice by Rakhee Yadav:

Rakhee is an Indian girl living in The Netherlands and food is her new found passion. She always creates recipes from local fresh produce looking and seeking her Indian roots. You will therefore see a little India in all her recipes.

2- @notoutofthebox by chandrima sarkar: 

chandrima sarkar is a self taught food stylist and a passionate food photographer, who loves to capture food in any form and every ingredient involved around a dish. she loves home cooked meals and being a Bengali she cooks all the Bengali food in home including the traditional ones. Love for baking and desserts pushed her to open her home based bakery a few days back, for which she’s getting constant positive vibes from everyone.

3- @masterchefmom by Uma Raghuraman:

Uma Raghuraman is a doting mother and a passionate Chef. Her culinary journey began two decades ago culminating in her becoming one of the top food bloggers in the country, with her blog masterchefmom.blogspot.in containing more than 700 recipes from cuisines across the world. To compliment her blog, she shares these recipes through her Instagram and Facebook handles too. In her Instagram you will find an amazing repertoire of dessert, snack, Fusion recipes, gluten and vegan free diets and traditional Indian foods.

4- @shivesh17 By Shivesh Bhatia:

Shivesh is a 20-year-old student of political science who loves to bake. He is a blogger at bakewithshivesh.com where he shares simple recipes for his spectacular desserts. From burning his first batch of cupcakes to having conducted 11 baking workshops last year to getting featured on Vogue’s list of 20 Under 26, he has come a long way and wished to only go forward from here.

5- @allaboutthatpalate By Alok Verma:

Mumbai’s Dr. Foodie, Alok Verma, a doctor by profession but an ardent food blogger by passion documents his work on food styling and photography & delectable recipes with a twist on his Instagram blog @allaboutthatpalate. Alok is more than just your friendly neighbourhood doctor. The 24-year-old with a passion for baking received an IFBA (Indian Food Bloggers Awards) 2016 for India’s Best Instagram Food Profile in Dec ’16 and released his first e-cookbook, “Tastes Like Christmas” right in time for the festive season, featuring classic dessert recipes with a spin of novelty in them.

6- @msaggarwal by Madhuri Aggarwal

Madhuri Aggarwal is an artist and an accessory designer now turned into a food stylist. she blog at MADaboutkitchen. Food styling for her is a medium of expression, a passion that drives her and keeps her hungry for more.

7- @whiskaffair by Neha Mathur: 

Right from childhood, Neha picked up on nuances of cooking from her mom and dad. In a search for her love for the food, she decided to give up her career in dentistry and get into recipes and styling. Neha is also a food expert with Saffola Fit Foodie, a consultant with Eat Fresh and helps many known brands with food consulting.

8 – @binjalsvegkitchen by Binjal Pandya:

Binjal Pandya is originally from Gujarat and now settled in USA with her husband and two kids. According to Binjal her mom is her biggest inspiration and motivation. After her college she all in her family business and rarely gets time for her real passion i.e. cooking. After her marriage she started with a facebook page just for fun.

9 – @thewhiteramekins By Himanshu Taneja:

Thewhiteramekins is a beautiful blog by Gurgaon based banker and Home baker Himanshu.
On his instagram account you will see his experiences with the recipes which he come across using various cookbooks, blogs, newspaper articles etc 

10 – @siakrishna By Sia Krishna:

Born in India and raised in fun and food loving family in South India, She currently resides in a UK with her better half and a 6-year-old son. She holds degrees in Computer Science Engineering and a MBA, but literature, writing and photography are her true love and passions and that’s clearly visible on her profile. Her cooking style has a strong root in Indian culture and at the same time embraces the world cuisine with equal passion. With never ending love for food, spice and life, she is passionate about making Indian food less intimidating which reflects in my food blog “Monsoon Spice” (http://monsoonspice.com). Monsoon Spice is an Indian vegetarian and vegan food blog where I endeavour to showcase everyday home meals that are easy, healthy and delicious. It is my attempt to bring the simple home cooked Indian food, and steer away from the myths and popular misconceptions of Indian cuisine.

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Handicraft the name implies itself as “handmade”. Handicrafts are simply the decorative or useful objects (yet not simple in looks) made completely by hands without the use of machines or by using simple tools only.  Handicrafts is basically the activities with enormous range of creativity and designing while making things with one`s hand and skills. Some common handicrafts are made by using textile or leather like Banner making, calligraphy, canvas work or weaving. It is also done using woods, metals, clay, stone and glass etc like bead work, stone carving or carpentry. Papers are also used for handicrafts like card making, collage or paper modeling.

In our country, the indigenous handicraft represents the cherished aspect of the Indian way of living. The diversity of our nation and the infinite creativity residing in our country is very well reflected by the extensive range of handicrafts in India. There are around more than 6 millions artisans in India. Handicrafts can be the second largest source of employment in India after agriculture. The Shilp Guru Awards, National Awards and National Merit Certificate are awarded to the craftsperson once in  a lifetime to encourage them to maintain excellence and to keep alive the old tradition. Still the share in global market for Indian crafts is less than 2 %. The artisans and weavers who work hard to uphold the beautiful handicrafts enriched with tremendous diversity and rich tradition only gets brunt and do not get life of dignity and comfort. The country is running after urbanization and creating more and more jobs, but this rich craft tradition has been less sensitized.

 To maintain the economies of scale leading to lower prices, the goods are produced industrially in mass. They are developed keeping in mind about its durability and easier to manage. On the other hand, handicrafts are not cheap anymore. Obviously when they are made exclusively then why should we expect cheaper rates? When it is hand-made so the exact replicas are also hard to find and we get the limited edition products. The sheer diversity and styles of the Indian Handicrafts have been witnessed all across the globe; still we have lagged far behind to create a powerful platform for the showcase of Indian handicrafts. The need of the hour is to use the power of internet for exposing this beautiful and diversify culture of India. For reviving the village handicrafts, scholastic training may be imparted and a great revolution can be brought in the field of handicrafts. E-commerce has already taken its leap in this segment. Various websites like spectrahut.com are now dealing in handicraft products. It has encouraged the artisans and craftsperson. The entry of e-commerce in the section of handicrafts has raised the hopes of so many skilled and talented craftsperson of India and has empowered them with the freedom to choose buyers as well as sellers who can offer them lucrative prices for their beautiful creations. The demand of Indian handicrafts is not limited to the boundaries of our country; it is also in great demand among the NRIs and foreign markets. It is often noticed that the handicrafts increases the beauty of high-end luxury stores; although it is so easily available. The online website is working on to bridge the gap effectively and provide the platform to sell and buy the handicrafts at a reasonable cost.

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We know you’re all proud of having ‘World’s best dad’ who taught you many things like tying a shoelace, building an aircraft or speaking confidently. However, it is your turn now to express your gratitude towards him that how lovable or the pillar of strength he has been throughout your life. He wouldn’t bother whether you gift him or not. After all, fathers have been the silent spectator while ensuring you get everything in your life. Thus, we want you to celebrate this Father’s Day making him to feel special by gifting something special that is just meant for him.

Every dad is unique. Some dads love to cook on their weekends while some dads love to curl up in a bed with their favorite book. So we brought some unique handcraft gifts for your dad that reflects his personality.

Bottle opener

If your dad is fond of drinking and a great wine drinker, why not gift him this unique bottle opener presenting dhokra art? You’ll find some amazing handmade bottle openers that suits to your dad’s personality. Bottle openers are very useful in plenty occasions and your dad can carry it anywhere as a special memory of yours. It will always remind him your love for him.

Book ends

Remember, your dad used to read bed-time stories for you when your child? He still does but he reads to himself. This is your time to make him nostalgic about the time you spent with his reading passion. Gift him Book end standand rearranged some of his favorite books to display. He will love your expression of gratitude.

Pen stands

 

One of the useful handicraft gifts could be pen stands. A pen stand for those dads who love to write, read or frequently use pen for their writing needs. This Father’s day gift him a handmade pen standand insist him to replace his older pen stand with your gift.

Spice box

When mothers are out, some fathers take their culinary skills seriously. Yes, some fathers can be great cooks and if your father comes in this category you should consider gifting him customized spice box. Gifting spice box as a Father’s day gift signifies that you truly adore and support his cooking skills.

Bar glass stand

Some dads love to stock their favorite drinks and they take effort to set up a mini bar at home. Whether you’re his obedient son or cuddly daughter, gifting bar glass stand will make a great sense. It will mean that you take care of his likes and dislikes extensively. 

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