West India Handicrafts
West India consists of the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and also the union territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Western India is a highly industrialized region with huge population. The states of West India are a beautiful blend of diverse variety of culture and tradition. This is beautifully captured in the art and handicrafts of West India. The West India Handicrafts are famous for its variety and distinctness.
Goa is home to a variety of artistic handicrafts. The crafts work in Goa is the blend of Indian and Portugese culture. The handicraft work is also one of the prime sources of income for the local people in Goa. Some of the intricately beautiful handicraft and works of Goa are colorful masks, wooden toys, shopping bags, cotton bags, table mats, chandeliers, sea shell mirrors and idols, Brass and Terracotta articles, pottery, bamboo craft, wood carving, crochet and embroidery, seashell craft, papier-mache, wooden lacquer ware, fibre craft, coconut shell carving, jewelry etc.
Maharashtra bears a rich cultural background which is evident in the Maharashtra handicrafts. The crafts work of Maharashtra is famous for its variety. The forms of handicrafts prevalent in Maharashtra are Sawantwadi Crafts, Leather Works, Bidri Works, Weaving, Himru and Mashru fabrics, Paintings, etc. Some of the popular craft items are leather sandals, Paithani and Narayan Peth Saris, Ajanta Paintings, Warli Paintings, gorgeous jewelry etc.
Gujarat is the land of rich history and glorious culture which is depicted in the arts and crafts of the state. The ancient crafts have survived the test of time and are still practiced in many parts. Gujarat handicrafts are famous for its intricate work, use of color, artistic appeal and beautiful finish. Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in Gujarat. Mud wall paintings, plaques, terracotta figures, etc are some of the items made in Gujarat. Wooden furniture and wood articles are mostly made in South Gujarat. Minakari furniture, chairs, sofas paper eights, ornamental pieces are some of the items found in Gujarat. Among the delicate handicrafts practiced in Gujarat, one is embroidery. Wide variety of embroidery is done in Gujarat like the Bavalia, Banni, Rabari, Gold embroidery etc. The Zari work of Gujarat is very well known. Dhurries, blankets, rugs, carpets, silver jewelry, beautiful sheaths, hilts, knife and daggers, precious stones etc are some of the other craft products from Gujarat.
The art of mat weaving is popular in Daman whereas Diu is known for ivory carving and making tortoise shell. Dadra and Nagar Haveli are well-known for leather slippers, weaving of bamboo mats, making baskets etc.
A glance of the West India Handicrafts helps us in realizing that West India is brimming with a large number of talented small scale workers, the crafts and arts work of whom is famous not only in India but also around the world.