India has been a land which always celebrated unity in diversity. With innumerable forms of art and craft in the various remote parts of India living in harmony together, Indian handicrafts has been given worldwide recognition. Indian handicrafts have been a global entity as all the Indians have been blessed with the talent of weaving amazing traditional craft.
However, just as all good things come to an end, quite similarly a plethora of Indian handicrafts is on the verge of extinction. With modernization and growing technology, the essence of indigenous substances has come down considerably. The machines have taken over us and have made us a slave to the machines. We no longer admire the beauty and the immense hard work that is put in the traditional handicrafts. Here are some of the Indian handicrafts which we might never see again:
Puppetry – The Showstopper At Fairs
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Remember the cute show of puppets in the movie Paheli? While some of you might be able to vaguely recall how SRK emerged as a friendly spirit in love and the two puppets narrated his story, most of us have probably forgotten about puppets. Puppetry is the intricate manipulation of puppets, weaving beautiful fairy or folk tales. Having existed for more than 3000 years in India, this quintessential handicraft of the country is to vanish soon that too with the help of some NGOs, who are trying to save it, but with little positive results.
Manjusha Paintings – Stories In A Sequence
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Manjusha painting weaves the eternal story of love and sacrifice. It represents stories of love in a sequence and maintains an order. Pink, green, and yellow are the three main colors used in Manjusha paintings and is the art of Angpradesh (now Bhagalpur in Bihar). Manjusha paintings became immensely popular during the British rule, only to fade out in the middle of the 20th century.
Naga Handicraft – Of Colors, Beads And Art
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The Nagas have a unique skill of their own. With their skilled labor and intricate craftsmanship, the Naga handicraft has won worldwide acclaim. The handicrafts of the Nagas is age-old as the skills are passed from one generation to the next. Cane, bamboo, and pottery are the most famous handicrafts of the Nagas. While this beautiful piece of art is gradually disintegrating, the Nagas still manage to showcase their talent with crafts like shawls, bags, and baskets, in spite of their uncertain future.
Parsi Embroidery – An Absolute Beauty With Global Influences
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This has been an emblem of elegance since the Bronze Age. This beautiful embroidery has influenced not just Indian culture but has had a profound effect on Chinese and European cultures as well. However, unfortunately, this divine piece of handicraft has is no longer seen anywhere.
Dokra Handicraft – Art Of The Ancient Times
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This handicraft is native to West Bengal, but this could be found in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh as well. This unconventional piece of handicraft emerged in India 4000 years ago. The famous dancing girl statue of Mohenjodaro gained dokra handicraft all the laurels. However, as the tribes no longer practise this form of art anymore, Dokra handicraft is dying a slow death.
The unison between the citizens and the government is the only way by which we can save these beautiful handicrafts as we cannot let them go. So, do encourage these artists by buying a few of these when you come across them.