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Indian Handicrafts The Real Beauty Of India

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Rajasthan Culture and Crafts

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Despite the relative poverty of the desert people, and the harsh living conditions that they endure, the Rajasthanis are a colourful, happy and proud people with a culture deeply rooted in tradition. The Rajasthanis are traditional to the point of being orthodox and extremely conservative, especially in matters of caste and community. Till not so long back, women were restricted to living within the purdah and education and careers were distant dreams for most women. In matters of honour, the Rajasthanis are very touchy and any insult, real or imagined can end in bloodbaths, even today.

But the flip side is that the people have an amazing zest for life and are as fun loving as industrious. They have a rich tradition of folk music and dance, each region with its own dance styles, songs and music. Several communities of professional performers - the Bhaats, Dholis, Mirasis, Nats, Bhopas and Bhands, spend their lives going from village to village. The villagers patronise …

India Culture

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Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way. Our manners, way of communicating with one another, etc are one of the important components of our culture. Even though we have accepted modern means of living, improved our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain unchanged. A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating and living but the rich values in a person always remains unchanged because they are deeply rooted within our hearts, mind, body and soul which we receive from our culture. Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes care of them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself. Even though we don’t have anything to eat, the guests are never left hungry and are always looked after by the members of the family. Elders and the respect for elders is a major component in Indian culture. Elders are the driving force for any family and hence the love and respect for el…

Rajasthan Paintings/Miniature Paintings

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Rajasthan has been a great center of Indian arts and crafts in general and paintings in particular. The decoration of dwellings and other household objects was but one aspect of the creative genius of the Rajasthani - the world of miniature paintings is perhaps the most fascinating and the distinctive styles that have existed here are renowned the world over. From the 16th century onwards there flourished different schools of paintings like the Mewar School, the Bundi-Kota kalam, the Jaipur, Bikaner, Kishengarh and Marwar schools.

Influenced by the surroundings, these medieval paintings have their own unique styles - the hills and valleys, deserts, places and forts, gardens, court scenes, religious processions and those highlighting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna were the recurrent themes of these paintings. The Raagamala paintings and those based on Goeta Govinda are treasures of Rajasthan. It is widely believed that the miniature artists of Rajasthan were practicing and perfect…

What can be more ethnic than a glass painting to decorate your home?

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Glass painting is an amazing form of art that combines the vibrance of colors and glasses. When featured on home decor accessories, it uplifts the entire atmosphere of a room. You just need to bring out your creative ingenuity in a proper way. Glass painting, unlike it is conjectured otherwise, is very interesting to do. Have your kit ready with an outliner, which is used to keep the different shades of glass paints in place and the design you want to portray on the glass painting. You can either paint freehand, or else the option of templates is always there. Now if you are thinking which decor article to start with, here are some ideas: Glass Painting Ideas Glass Candle Holders: Jars with flat or faceted sides can easily take up the shape of glass candle holders without much of effort. Use tubes or pens of outline paint to draw designs on the sides of painted jam jar candle holders, to enhance the look of the candle holders. You just need to keep the following points in mind: * It …

Why Ethnic Gifts Are Preferred

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Indian Desert State Rajasthan

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India’s desert state, Rajasthan, had once been a collection of princely kingdom; by virtue of which we still have the remains of some of the most splendid palaces and forts that were once the seats of the rulers of these kingdoms. Rajasthan is a place where there are majestic palaces, rugged forts, rural villages, amazing flora, fauna et cetera.Forts and Palaces Tours of Rajasthan reveal the qualities of the land that move beyond the ordinary aspects of touring or vacationing and take you to complete pleasure, with a number of ways to immerse all your senses in pleasure at once. You are bound to experience the unexpected when you are away from the usual hustle bustle in the popular tourist destinations irrespective of whether it is a local fair or bustling bazaar. Situated on the north-western part of the subcontinent, the land has a number of beautiful places to go to for a vacation. Some of these places include Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur.Known as…

History of Handicrafts

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Life style and social patterns of a society, being the direct influence of the accumulated heritage of the ages past, distinguish and differentiate one community from another. Culture therefore, is moral, intellectual and spiritual discipline for advancement, in accordance with the norms and values based on the accumulated heritage. It is imbibing and making one’s own the lifestyle and social pattern of the group one belongs to. The internalization and socialization of cherished values for enlightened and refined way of life, is indeed a long process. It is moving continuously from darkness to light, from sophisticate to imbibed simplicity, to sweetness and truth. Our culture is the handiwork of time. For its origin and development, one has to span through the history of several thousand years. Change and continuity are its attributes, and flexibility its basic characteristics. Each human group that settled here in pre-historic times, made its contribution to it. When customs operate …

What is Handicrafts

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Handicrafts refer to artistic products which are handmade or fabricated with the help of simple tools. These are essentially traditional crafts and can be used for consumer or decorative purposes. Handicrafts are made from a variety of metals and aluminum handicrafts form an increasingly popular part of Indian exports. Aluminum handicrafts includes diverse objects such as candle holders, printed pots, picture frames, ice buckets, photo frames, flower vases, wall scones, ice scoops, pillar holders, tea lights, tableware, oil burners, garden urns, mirror frames, etc. Indian crafts are becoming increasingly popular both in India and abroad due to their high quality. Recent times have seen notable increase in the demand for these types of products. Aluminum is the most abundant metal on the earth and is characterized as a soft and light metal. Highly malleable and durable, it is a preferred metal among manufacturers. Manufacturers find the metal easy to work with and strive to bring out t…