India is a country of beautiful arts and crafts. Almost every region has its own traditional form of art that includes paintings, drawings, carvings, embroideries, saris and many more. The art and crafts of India are diverse, rich in culture, history, and religion. There’s something undoubtedly magical about handicrafts India that makes it popular even in international markets also. We’re blessed to be born in a country with so much diversity. Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful Indian art forms which need to be saved right away.
The traditional art of puppetry
It is a form of performance or theatre that involves the manipulation of puppets. India is one of the first places to invent its traditional puppetry. It throughout the ages has held an important place in traditional entertainment. It has amazing elements of all art forms such as painting, sculpture, literature, dance, music, drama, and enables people to develop their creative abilities. It is an inexpensive medium to transmit knowledge about Indian legends and myths. But there are few artists left that know the art of puppetry.
These paintings are one of the adorable Indian art forms. They contain paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses and other characters. It is a fork art and scroll paintings. This art is displayed in series, each representing a story within it. This painting art form originated in Anga Pradesh. But then, they made products only to be used in the bishahari festival. During the British rule in India, this art flourished heartily.
It is one of the most beautiful and finest styles of embroidery finding a place in the Indian panorama of arts. This embroidery comes with very tasteful color schemes and motifs, which though is a heritage of the Persian community in India. It is typically done with pure white silk on dark bases fabrics in violet, black, dark green, or red. The colorful specimens are usually on beige bases and off-white. Each motif of this embroidery has an intrinsic message.
It is a non-ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique. The dhokra handicrafts are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets due to its primitive simplicity, forceful form, and enchanting folk motifs. Dhokra elephants, horses, owls, religious images, lamp caskets, peacocks, and measuring bowls, etc. it’s one of the earliest and well-known lost-wax artifacts is the dancing girl of mohenjo-daro.
It is a double ikat woven sari, made in Patan, Gujarat, India, and usually made from silk. They are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to aristocratic royal families. Due to the long process of dying each strand separately before weaving them together, it takes six months to one year to make a single saree. This extremely time-consuming and complex dyeing art is currently pursued by only four families of Gujarat.
It is an art of cloth printing practiced in Gujarat's Kutch district, India. In this art form, paint made from vegetable dyes and boiled oil is laid down on fabric using either a stylus or a metal block. Right now, it is done by only six surviving people in India. The paintings are very costly and mostly purchased by foreigners.
These are the six beautiful Indian art forms that you should know about. So, which art form do you like most?