Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Slice of Assam.

Hie.. after a short and mini trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat its time to move on towards East India. Land of unmatched handicrafts and decor's Assam. The people of Assam have traditionally been craftsmen from time immemorial.Though Assam is mostly known for its exquisite silks and the bamboo and cane products, several other crafts are also made here. Different regions of Assam are known for their different forms of art and handicrafts.


Cane and bamboo have remained inseparable parts of life in Assam. Grown in abundance here and hence most of the household articles in the homes of Assamese are made of cane and bamboo. They happen to be the two most commonly-used items in daily life, ranging from household implements to construction of dwelling houses to furniture to weaving accessories to musical instruments.


The Jappi, the traditional sunshade ...  the most prestigious of bamboo items of the state. 





Hmm... so perfect solutions to design your interiors with wood, cane and bamboo designed products. Bring the feel of Assam and their culture at your home. This is so precious and special.

Metal Handicrafts : Bell-metal and brass have been the most commonly used metals for the Assamese artisan. Traditional utensils and fancy articles designed by these artisans are found in every Assamese household. The entire population of two townships near Guwahati - Hajo and Sarthebari, are engaged in producing traditional bell-metal and brass articles. They have also used their innovative skills to design modern day articles to compete with the changing times.Gold, silver and copper too form a part of traditional metal craft in Assam.








Creative peices of such metal craft can bring a big difference in your interiors. Such skillful art and designs are the treasure of Indian Handicrafts.

Assam's silk fabrics have earned immense recognition from all over the world. The state is the home of several types of silks, the most prominent and prestigious being muga, the golden silk exclusive to this state.



Its a perfect blend of colors ... geometric patterns and stitches for the home furnishings.  This skill and art cant be replaced by any other fabric .. or art. Touching the beauty of every corner and design.




The traditional hand-loom silks still hold their own in world markets.They score over factory-made silks in the richness of their textures and designs, in their individuality, character and classic beauty. No two handwoven silks are exactly alike. Personality and talent of the weaver, her hereditary skill, her innate sense of color and balance all help to create the magical art. "Assamese women weave fairy tales in their clothes!"

The toys of Assam can be broadly classified under four heads (i) clay toys (ii) pith (iii) wooden and bamboo toys (iv) cloth and cloth-and-mud toys.While the human figure, especially dolls, brides and grooms, is the most common theme of all kinds of toys, a variety of animals forms have also dominated the clay-toys scene of Assam. Clay traditionally made by the Kumar and Hira communities, have often depicted different animals too, while gods, goddesses and other mythological figures also find importance in the work of traditional artist.




Among the household toys, the bride and the groom are the most common characters, while the other varieties have animals and mythological characters as the plays demand.

Interesting variety of toys...isn't it. Hmm... lots more handicrafts gallery to be visited. Let me take a break..and will return back ....... soon. 

Thanks for your footprints...need few more :) 

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