India's rich cultural heritage and centuries of evolutionary tradition is manifested by the huge variety of handicrafts made all over the country. Handicrafts are a mirror of the cultural identity of the ethnic people who make it. Through the ages, handicrafts made in India like the Kashmiri woollen carpets, Zari embroidered fabrics, terracotta and ceramic products, silk fabrics etc. have maintained their exclusiveness. In the ancient times, these handicrafts were exported to far off countries of Europe, Africa, West Asia and Far East via the 'silk route'. The entire wealth of timeless Indian handicrafts has survived through the ages. These crafts carry the magnetic appeal of the Indian culture that promises exclusivity, beauty, dignity and style.
The Bidriware craft is indeed an exquisite craft. Bidri craftsmen need to possess not just skill and patience but a lot of creativity as well so that they can bring into existence by artistic means beautiful designs of shining silver on a dull black background. The Mughals are credited with patronizing Bidriware in this country. Bidriware is divided into three different forms. The distinction is on the basis of the depth of embedding and the quality of metal. The deeply cut work is referred to as Nashan, the raised work is referred to as ZarNashan and the wire inlay work is better known as Tarkashi.
Cane and Bamboo occupy a distinctive place in the life of Tripura. Wide variety of wonderful objects are made out of Cane and Bamboo. A variety of items are produced, including furniture, table mats and other mat products, lamp shades, etc.
It is one of the most renowned sectors of Rajasthan. Carpets of Bikaner are famous for their high-quality, high-spirited colours and geometric motifs.
One of the important crafts of Uttar Pradesh is Chikankari, which entails delicate and traditional hand embroidery. This form of handicraft is mainly practiced in Lucknow. It is done on fabrics like chiffon, muslin, organza, organdie and silk. Chikan saris and Kurtas which are the perfect summer wear.
Mats weaved with bamboo twigs are a specialty of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Most rural people here earn their living by crafting these mats and other items crafted with bamboo canes.
Zardozi embroidery is another unique art where the embroidery is done in three dimensions.