By Raga Arts / May 30, 2022
The history of Indian wooden handicrafts goes back to ancient times. The art of making crafts from hand is known as handicrafts.
These Indian handicrafts were discovered in one of the oldest civilizations of India, The Indus Valley Civilization. The handicraft industries were made during the medieval period in India and it continued to increase until the British came to India.
Wooden handicrafts are very popular in India because of their beauty and aesthetic importance. India has a vast species of trees. These different varieties of trees were used in the manufacturing of wooden handicrafts.
The Indian handicraft industry is highly labour-based industry and decentralized, being spread all over the country in rural and urban areas. Indian craftsmen create distinctive masterpieces with different shapes, patterns, colours, and sizes. These handicrafts are famous all over the earth for their ability to last.
India is blessed with a vast number of tree species, most of which are deciduous and evergreen. Alpine forests and trees belonging to arid regions are also present. These trees are used extensively to manufacture wooden handicrafts. Wooden handicrafts of India are renowned for beauty, durability, and utility. Wooden handicrafts include furniture, utensils, boxes, beads, finely carved figurines, accessories, etc.
It requires a lot of hard work and dedication to carve a piece of wood and make something unique and beautiful out of it. The patterns and figures that are engraved on every piece of wood have a different story.
The magnetic appeal of Indian Wooden Handicrafts lies in its exclusivity.
Mysore is famous for carved sandalwood, silk sarees, and incense. The major art forms are rosewood inlay work and Mysore paintings.
The art of sandalwood carving has been practiced in Karnataka for at least a thousand years, and Karnataka is world-famous for its exquisitely carved figurines with intricate details. Sandalwood artisans are concentrated in Shivamogaa, Mysore, Uttara Kannada, and Bangalore districts of Karnataka. The spell-binding figurines in this golden-coloured wood are embellished with designs inspired by nature. The soft aromatic wood can be delicately carved with ease to create elegant masterpieces.
The availability of sandalwood in abundance in the forests of Mysore and around has made this region the most flourishing for this trade. Besides Mysore; Tirupati, Madurai, and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu; Jaipur, Delhi, and Varanasi are the other center of this attractive workmanship.
Sandalwood carving is an ancient tradition and has been a part of Indian culture and heritage and finds mentioned in the Ramayana. The fragrant wood is used by Hindus and Buddhists in certain rituals as incense. It is one of the scents besides rose oil that is used during rituals in Islam. It is practiced by a community of craftsmen called the Gudigars who specialize in the art of carving sandalwood, ivory, and stone. Having migrated from Goa during the Portuguese invasion, the Gudigars settled in Uttara Kannada (north) and Mysore regions.
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