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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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^ Products from the native hands mission

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


Karnataka's Proud Royalware of the Mughals

Originated from the town of Bidar in the state of Karnataka, Bidriware is a 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.


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 from the Middle East

1. Turkish Teapots

A Turkish teapot is a unique teapot set, made of two teapots where the top pot is used to infuse the tea, while the bottom part is used to boil water. It is believed that good Turkish tea is made when it is induced with intense preparation.

Most people prefer drinking tea in the Turkish style, even if they are not accustomed to Turkish culture. Hence the Turkish teapots are widely in use everywhere. The culture of Turkish tea has been serving people for years of its invention and with the fine works over the teapots, the business of Turkish teapots has grown to be even more desirable than ever.

2. Cappadocia Plates

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 fine pottery of Cappadocia attracts many tourists in this region to visit the town and get pottery done themselves too. Ranging from ashtrays to delicate vases, almost everything a house needs is made in Avanos from pottery. The crafting, designing, and vibrant coloring of the pottered mold of this region has made the Cappadocia pottery a name in the world.

Famous African Handicrafts

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

1. African Beadwork 

Practiced in southern Africa, beadwork is a craft practiced by women in Africa which eventually grew and flourished among people even outside Africa. The fine beadwork started attracting people and the business started to spread at a faster pace. 


Beads were first made with organic products like bones or shells, with no intention to look pretty but to be used in day-to-day life. Later, as the business evolved, vast quantities of glass beads were imported from Europe during the 19th and the 20th century to expand the beadwork business in the region among outsiders, and those glass beads were used to make unique items like never. 


African beads thus changed the world with this creativity and now are appreciated everywhere.

2. 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.


Handicrafts hold an undying and pleasing value to one’s eyes, but something which is of greater importance is the fact that these handicrafts unite and recognize every artist in any corner of the world. Talking about the present domain, this highly driven world where anything can be duplicated with sheer perfection, there is still a group of people who prefer originalities and prefer the local taste of that area itself. 


Be it a Bidriware vase from India or a teapot from Turkey, an African basket or Cambodian pottery, say ceramics from Morocco or Cappadocia, it is only the originality of that very particular region that is attention-grabbing and helps keep this business of handmade products alive, even today. 


The beauty of the artwork is proof of how no borders, continents, countries, or cities can meddle in creativity. These works of handmade creation are also proof that anyone, in any part of the world can be mesmerized by this vibrancy. It is indeed right to say that creativity knows no bounds and can reach anywhere once the right eyes see it. 


Anchal Bhatia