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What is a Geo-Specific Artwork?

Introduction to Handicrafts

Handicrafts have been a means of survival since the conscious era started to expand. In recent times, there has been a growing surge in collecting handicrafts among people worldwide to convert their homes and workspaces into ancient decors with precious handicrafts from across the world.


 

The works of art which even date centuries ago have been an antique attraction for people and tourists from across the world. The charm that a handcrafted item beholds, compels people to grab every item for the first look. The historic reference for those who are indulged in deep study of ancient products or the ancient lifestyle is often enticed by these gems which hold great value even after years since its first making.

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^ 4000-year-old design Jug at the

Güray Müze in Central Turkey

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Peculiar handicrafts can be found all across the world in the most remote places where the tradition, customs and lifestyle of the predecessors still exist. It's a commonality among the makers that they have no idea about its value and the authenticity it holds. Due to its reducing the number of traditional artists due to the modernity we are seeing a decline in both quality and quantity if not properly administered and funded.

-Tejas Balapalli

Famous handicrafts of South Asia

Bidriware  

Karnataka's Proud Royalware of the Mughals

Originated from the town of Bidar in the state of Karnataka, Bidriware is distinctive manufacture of metalware that started in the 1300s, during the rule of the Sultans. An eight-step procedure is manufactured from an alloy of zinc and copper. The zinc gives the alloy a deep black color with the final step involving the process of oiling the product to give it a deep matte finish.

The traditional products of Bidriware were vases, hookah, candle holders, jewelry boxes, bowls, trays, and so on, which later evolved to more day-to-day usage products which include office stationeries, keychains, lockets, lampshades, pen stands, and so on. 

 

Bidriware products are widespread in the Indian and international markets. This art is also practiced in other parts of the country apart from Karnataka, like Hyderabad in Telangana state, Purnia in Bihar, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, and Murshidabad in West Bengal.

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Khmer Pottery & Ceramics

Ancient Khmer art

The Cambodian pottery art known as Khmer ceramics is an ancient pottery art that started in the third millennium BC. Back then, pottery and ceramic art were an essential part of business between Cambodia and its neighboring states or countries. 

 

Converting raw materials such as Khmer earth and stone into attractive pieces of art is why this art is so widely demanded. 

Famous handicrafts of the Middle East

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Crystal Mosaic Lamps

A 4500-year-old art made of crystal glass illuminated the streets of ancient Anatolia. The lamp is made of crystal mosaic work that radiates colorful light in great grandeur, reflecting its rich past.

Even though the candles have now been replaced with bulbs the treasure of the past stays within its modern version. A chandlier takes 25 days to make from scratch where the artist designs the mosaic outlook and places the crystal glass one. 

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Anatolian Ceramics

Turkey’s most famous place, Cappadocia, is mainly because of the pottery business the town of Avanos has. The fine craftsmanship of the craftsmen here is the reason why pottery from Cappadocia is known globally. Pottery in this region has been produced since 2000 BC. The huge diversity in ceramic designs will all fall into quality distinctions when assessed thoroughly. 

Famous African Handicrafts

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Corresponding its own cultural and traditional styles, for ages Africa has been producing handicrafts such as cloth, baskets, and pottery for daily life usage. The creativity and simplicity which African handicrafts bring by, make them significantly essential in the handicraft world.

African Basketry 

A traditional and dynamic culture, African basketry was crafted and adapted by social changes and altered both by environmental and economic factors. Contemporary African baskets have achieved their charm and name in the handicraft world, standing on their own innovative merits. 

 

These baskets put forth new and exciting looks and shapes and have the freedom of design and crafting. Obtained from natural sources only, these baskets hold significant importance in African culture.

Conclusion

By

Anchal Bhatia

Geo-specific artworks are forms of art that are influenced by the history, culture, and ethnicity of the region. Using traditional eco means the artisans have survived for centuries if not for millenniums. Carrying forward centuries-old ethnicity and culture through art while unintentionally preserving its roots through art is just marvelous. If a person has enough knowledge of the art world he or she can easily distinguish all geo-specific arts with ease.

An interesting point to be noted is the fact that all these artworks are made locally, which involves local craftsmanship and most importantly the acquirement of raw materials found in it's surrounding vicinity. That is exactly why one cannot make a Bidriware in Egypt or crystal mosaic lamps in India. These products will forever until things change will remain in its geospace.