ARTS & CRAFTS
Location : Kullu, Lahaul, Chamba
World Famous For : Kullu Shawls and Caps
Antique Items : Pashmina Shawls, Carpets
Other Charms : Thangkas, Wall Paintings
Hand Woven Tibetan Stole
|Famous Handicrafts :||Carpets, Shawls, Metal Work, Stone Work, Rugs, Wood Crafts, Traditional Jewelry.|
|Exclusive Handicraft Item :||Gudmas, Leather chappals, Namdas (Rug Made of Beaten Wool).|
|Must See :||People Beating the Sheep Wool in Order to Weave the Soft Fleecy Blanket Namdas (Rug Made of Beaten Wool).|
|Shop For :|| Wood Crafts
Chamba, Kalpa, Tisa, Kinnaur and Kullu.
Thangkas and Wall Paintings McLeodganj and Dharamshala.
Bridal Trousseau Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur.
Jewellery and Accessories Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu.
Carpets and Rugs Lahaul.
Metal and Mohras Kullu and Chamba.
Woollens and Garments Kullu and Shimla.
Stone Work Mandi, Chamba, Kinnaur and the Shimla Hills.
|Where To Shop :||Tibetan Market, Tibetan Handicrafts
Center and Himachal Hand loom and Crafts Centre in Dalhousie.
Kotwali Bazaar in Dharamshala.
Himachal Handicrafts, Tibetan Handicrafts and Bhutico in Manali.
Himachal Khadi Emporium, and Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan in Kullu.
|Tribal Handicrafts :||Farahada and Chhiba - Dyed and Printed Fabrics.|
|Must Experience :||See the Stone Statue of Lord Shiva in Kullu Displayed During the Month of October in Dussehra Festival.|
|Shopping in Shimla :||The Mall
Garment, Textiles, Woollen Materials.
Lakkar Bazaar Wood Items, Old Treasures, Traditional Artifacts.
Government Emporiums Himachali Hat, Handicraft and Handloom Items, Woven Carpets, Shawls, Blankets in Traditional Weaves, Handmade Paper and Exquisitely Carved Wooden Table.
|Inside Tip :||For Those Interested in Learning the Art of Thangka Painting Can Avail a Course to Learn the Ancient of Thangka Making in Norbulingka Institute at McLeodganj.|
Travel to Himachal which representes its highland culture
through it arts and crafts, making it an inevitable destination to
sojourn. Due to its topographical distinction from the rest of the
country, Himachal Pradesh in India has developed a unique tradition of
handicrafts. Look for statues made out of stone and metal, or enjoy buying
some hand made wooden dolls. For all those who are interested in
accessories, in Himachal you can see the celebrated jewellery and there
are woolen garments and the ubiquitous Himachali caps and shawls. Those
who think Kashmir is the ultimate destination for carpets and rugs
think again. Himachal too has its own collection to flaunt. Leather craft,
embroidery and paintings are some famous handicrafts items that you should
see in Himachal Pradesh.
This is the land of beauty and culture heritage and one should visit Himachal Pradesh to see the various arts and crafts that through ages have won the hearts of millions.
Take up tours of Himachal Pradesh to see the various arts
and crafts of Himachal Pradesh where you cannot miss the famous shawls and
caps of the state. Wool is considered to be a pious accessory in Himachal.
This fact is well proven by the fact that woolen shawls are used during
weddings to wrap the bride and groom in the shawls, in order to protect
them from evil eyes. The most celebrated craft of the state and also the
most important shopping items can be seen in the Himachal caps. These
caps, that are omnipresent on the heads of the Himachali people, is a sign
of their pride. Notice the intricately embroidered motifs and the hand
spun yarns, that emboss Himalayan textiles and Tibetan art.
The most celebrated craft of the state can be seen in the Himachal caps. These caps, that are omnipresent on the heads of the Himachali people, is a sign of their pride. Notice the intricately embroidered motifs and the hand spun yarns, that emboss Himalayan textiles and Tibetan art.
The chill of the region has induced people to indulge into making shawls that are also known as Thapada. These are extensively embroidered and are an exclusive Himachal Pradesh belonging. Made specifically in Kullu you can get a chance to see artists busy in its weaving, while roaming on the labyrinths of Kullu. Another important variety of shawls produced in Himachal Pradesh is the Pashmina that is an expensive item. Available in various colors and designs these shawls are an important representation of the Tibetan and Himachal acculturation of the state. Enjoy a holiday in Himachal Pradesh and indulge in shopping for arts and crafts in Himachal Pradesh.
A Man Displaying the Popular Kullu Caps of Himachal
Among the famous art and craft of Himachal Pradesh, the
metals that are extensively utilised to embellish this art practice are
brass, copper, iron, tin and bell metal. This antediluvian craft of the
mountainous Himachal and Tibetan artwork incorporates the eminence of
veneration in various convoluted pieces of art, divine statues in metal
and stone craft.
Enjoy a vacation in Himachal to see these crafts fulfill the ritualistic needs of the Himachal people. Satisfying the religious needs of the people, it becomes an indisputable certainty that the best place where you can see the metal and stone marvels will be in the temples. However, apart from the exquisite statues, other metal crafts include object are bells with artistically designed handles, lamps, incense burners, low settees of silver or brass, vessels and ornate musical instruments. A unique metal art comprise Mohras, which are metal patches representing a deity and can be found in Kullu and Chamba and is centered around Lord Shiva. You should notice the head which is carved in dauntless relief, while the neck and shoulders are more summarily fumed. Each village has its own Mohra and is taken out for processions during the festivals. Take up Himachal tourism and indulge in shopping for the famous arts and crafts in Himachal Pradesh.
Stone work in Himachal is not only confined to temple structures Thanks to the varieties of stones that are available in the hills. To see some splendid work of stone in Himachal temples then go to Lakshmi Narayan temples of Chamba and the temples of Baijnath and Masrur in the Kangra Valley. However, there are some stone artifacts that you can carry along to your homes. These include traditional stoves (angithi), circular pots for storing (kundi), pestle and mortar (dauri danda) and mill stones (chakki). This art is concentrated in the regions of Mandi, Chamba, Kinnaur and the Shimla Hills.
Himachal trappings gains its conspicuousness from the
rugs and carpets that are one of the most cherished craft of the state.
For all those who thought Kashmir to be the world of carpets, its time you
change your perspective by coming to Himachal Pradesh. Embroidered with
Garudas (Vishnus mount, the eagle) perched on flowering trees,
dragons, swastikas (auspicious Hindu/Buddhist emblem), flutes (symbolizing
happiness) and lotus blooms (signifying purity), these carpets will make
you forget your Persian furnishings back home. Go to Lahaul to buy the
Pahadi designed carpets. While in Dharamshala you will be surprised to see
these objects of décor in every house.
Rugs are the traditional handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh that are made with the unprocessed wool of the reared sheep and goats, that are then woven to produce conventional blankets. You should see the people making Namdas (rug made of beaten wool), while keeping eyes on their cattle, in almost every farm land of Himachal. Another important benignant rug is the soft blanket called 'Gudmas'. The wool of Giangi sheep is used to make this fleecy soft blanket that comes in the color of natural wool. They are usually edged with red or black colour. The variety of furnishings to choose from is great. You can pick thobis (floor coverings), karcha (mattresses), which are made from goat hair, pattoo cloth (like shawls), carpets and yarn made from soft wool, as per your requirements. Some of the most famous handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh also serve as the best items while shopping for arts and crafts in Himachal Pradesh.
Tibetan Jewellery Being Displayed for Selling
Chunky and Eccentric are the words that describe the
jewellery made in Himachal Pradesh. With metal and beads dominating the
ingredients of this art, there are amulets, pendants, necklaces, daggers
and rings. All the same there are options of fine jewellery as well that
are crafted out of gold and silver. The best place to see ancient and
ethnic designs of these famous artifacts are the once Rajput kingdoms of
Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu. Famous for their enameling skills they
recherches pieces of anklets, solid iron-headed bangles, hair ornaments,
leaf shaped forehead ornaments, necklaces known as chandanhaars and
pendants with motifs of the mother goddess, should be seen. The most
famous contemporary accessory is the coin necklaces that is popular among
the Pahari women. Other common embellishments are Chokers, Heavy anklets,
bangles and silver bracelets. For jewellery with Tibetan influence go to
Lahaul and Spiti, where you will find ornaments studded with semi precious
stones like coral, turquoise, amber and mother-of-pearl.
As far as garments are concerned the major highlight are the dyed and printed fabrics that are made by Farahada and Chhiba people. The famous bridal trousseau and dresses for special occasions are made by the highlanders of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur. Another item that is synonymous with Himachal Pradesh are the Himali Jooties that is made of dried Himalayan grass and left over wool. People wear these shoes on socks that you would never have seen anywhere. Brilliantly knitted and brightly colored, these socks is a striking sight in the various Bazaars of Himachal Pradesh.
As already illustrated Himachal Pradesh is a mix of
Himachal and Tibetan culture making it an inevitable reason for a tourist
to see the paintings and the revered thangkas, that are produced in the
state. The areas with largest Tibetan concentration are the places where
you will see the thangkas. Basically, they are paintings that through
paintings depict the episodes of Buddha's life and are unveiled during the
monastic festivals. You should know that vegetable and mineral colors are
used in these scroll paintings. More than this if desired you can even
learn the ancient art of making thangkas in the Norbulingka Institute at
The popular wall paintings in Himachal Pradesh are as celebrated as the thangkas. These are essential in the house of the highland people. Mainly performed by the women folk, this art requires walls that have been treated with clay, lime and golu. To see more of these wall paintings, you should go to the various temples in the different regions where wall paintings are a common sight. Enjoy a holiday in Himachal Pradesh to know more about the art and craft of Himachal Pradesh.
Crafter Making Carvings on Wood
Crafting wood in various items of use is an art form that
has been practiced in Himachal since times immemorial, making it one of
the most famous handicrafts items in Himachal Pradesh. The use of Bamboo
for making household articles by the Dom tribe is popular. They
manufacture boxes, sofas, chairs, baskets, racks and several articles that
come of use in daily life. Bamboo basket making in itself is a unique art
that is to satisfy the fiscal needs of the poor. You should be aware of
the fact that these are Eco friendly products that are made from the
Wood carving is a living tradition of Himachal Pradesh, where Pahari artisans use it to make complex jalis, trellis work or perforated reliefs that allows light to filter through, altering the interiors of a building with the dramatic composition of light and shade. The major places in Himachal Pradesh those are renowned for wood crafts are Chamba, Kalpa, Tisa, Kinnaur and Kullu.
These are not all. While on Himachal Pradesh tourism
remember that a new art is being crafted in one of the houses, that is
sure to lure your eyes. Doll making is also one of the main craft of the
region besides leather work. Leather chappals adorned with various designs
and colors are a must watch. Like the wall paintings, the floor paintings
of Himachal Pradesh is equally noted. The only difference between both of
them is that floor paintings are white, done with rice paste, while wall
paintings are colourful.
The credit for the beautiful paintings of the region goes to the various school of paintings that emerged here in the 16th century and has found their foot prints in today's world as well. For miniature paintings you should go to the various museums and art galleries. But the joy of seeing a ritual paintings can be savored only in the village houses.
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