Category "Arts & Crafts"


Puppets are popular all over the world. They are not just children’s toys. Older people enjoy them too. In many parts of India, different types of puppets are used to tell stories. Andhra Pradesh is famous for a special type of puppets. They are made of leather. Shows using these puppets are known as Tholu bommalata. […]

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Bidar is a little town in the southern Indian State of Karnataka. It is famous for a special type of metal craft known as Bidri – taking its name from the town itself.

Bidri art is a technique of making designs in silver in a base of a mixture of metals like zinc and copper, which combine to become black in colour. The silver patterns gleam and glow against the black background. The technique is used to make vases, wall plates, jewellery boxes, and other handicraft items. […]

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Zardosi is a Persian word. ‘Zar’ means gold, and ‘dosi’ is work. It’s the name given to a particular type of embroidery which is believed to have been popular even in ancient India.

It was originally done with thin silver and gold wires, using special needles. Pearls, precious stones, sequins and beads were strung on the wires to make the work even grander. […]

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Not far from Bangalore in Karnataka there is a place called Toy Town.  Its actual name is Channapatna, but in Kannada it is called Gombegala Ooru, which means Toy Town. That’s because a lot of people there have been making wooden toys for many, many years. […]

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