How often have you witnessed the dinner conversations beginning with the arrival of the crockeries, they not only serve the purpose of providing a palate for your food but they have a story which reckons to be shared. A truly immersive experience can be provided by incorporating the cultural nuances of the dishes you are serving in the manners of presentation as well. You have to serve a variety of customers on a daily basis, some might like ostentatious presentations while some would prefer modesty. In any case, you need to have a wide variety of crockeries at your disposal so that you serve them an experience which goes beyond just fulfilling their carnal appetite. An informed customer understands that if the crockeries complement the food then it reflects your proximity with the emerging food trends and appreciates it.

Bamboo Beer Mug


 

Tripura

Most of the people have a perception that bamboo is usually used only as a building material. This is more or less true, but that is just one aspect of this wondrous plant, wherein several artisans across the country have identified its decorative value and have used it to produce crafts which render a tropical feel to the ambience. The north-eastern artisans are the most prominent in bringing out this utility of bamboo, where bamboo is used both in the form of pipes as well as a natural fiber to make beautifully crafted products like trays, baskets, furniture and so on. The sleek lacquered finish that is achieved by bamboo products creates elegance and sleekness, which is unmatched by any other raw material.

Bidri Glass


 

Karnataka

This craft form originated around 500 years ago in the Middle Eastern regions of Persia and Turkey. Back then, it was mostly used for manufacturing vases but its elegance and robustness has resulted in its application in making boxes, ornaments, trays, paintings and various other showpiece items. Bidriware gets its name from Bidar, a small town in North Karnataka which is the hub of manufacturing this unique metal ware, characterized by silver inlay patterns on black metallic surfaces. The skilled artisans from the southern regions of India beautifully engrave patterns of various flowers, leaves and human figures to leave an indelible mark of their work across the world through these black metallic canvases.

Black Pottery Beer Mug


 

Manipur

Longpi Black Pottery has its origins in a small village called Longpi in Manipur. This style of pottery is distinctive to that village and has been practiced for over decades. Being completely black, the material used to make this special type of pottery is a mixture of black Serpentite stone and weathered rock which is then molded into the desired object. A unique feature of this pottery is that the potter’s wheel is not used in the process. The piece is entirely shaped by hands! This style of pottery is rare, exceptional and quite extraordinary. Products created by this particular craft included bathroom accessories, jugs, decanters, crockery and ceramics.

Blue Pottery Beer Mug


 

Rajasthan

Blue Pottery, a unique craft distinctive to the Pink City Jaipur is slowly gaining popularity these days. Handmade with intricate floral patterns or animal and bird motifs, each piece is exquisitely painted and crafted in its own way. The shades of blue, turquoise, pale pink and green coloring the pottery with a shining coat of glaze, is sure to light up the room instantly. It includes a wide range of products from home decor to bathroom accessories to utility products such as vases, fruit bowls, coasters and beer mugs, making them an ideal and thoughtful gift for any occasion.

Coconut Shell Cup


 

Karnataka

The coconut tree is well-known for its multi-utility nature with all of its components used for food, oil, timber, rope, fuel and handicrafts. Even the hard coconut shells are utilized, being carved into beautiful patterns and objects which can be used in everyday life such as bowls, boxes, wall clocks, toys, wind chimes and even accessories such as pendants or earrings. Not only is it decorative but also functional in all aspects.

Horn Beer Mug


 

Uttar Pradesh

Bone and Horn carving has its roots in ivory carving and since the ban on commercial trading of ivory started in India, a shift of favor towards bone-crafted products has increased. While different types of bones and horns are chosen as per the desired carving – usually the bones and horns from buffalo or bullock carcasses is preferred. Detail-oriented skills are required for the minute and intricate carvings. These products range from accessories to home decor to fashion such as cutlery, bowls, boxes, belts, drinking glasses, walking sticks etc.

Horn Drinking Glass


 

Uttar Pradesh

Bone and Horn carving has its roots in ivory carving and since the ban on commercial trading of ivory started in India, a shift of favor towards bone-crafted products has increased. While different types of bones and horns are chosen as per the desired carving – usually the bones and horns from buffalo or bullock carcasses is preferred. Detail-oriented skills are required for the minute and intricate carvings. These products range from accessories to home decor to fashion such as cutlery, bowls, boxes, belts, drinking glasses, walking sticks etc.

Khurja Ceramic Tea Cup Set


 

Uttar Pradesh

Located in the most populous state of India, Khurja in UP is a relatively small city with a population of just under 1.5 lakhs. Although famous for a special sweet named “Khurchan”, this town is also known as “The Ceramics City” because of the thriving cluster of handmade ceramics that has been established in this town over time. The skyline of this city is dotted with chimneys of more than 500 factories working on handcrafted ceramic works there. These factories employ more than twenty five thousand artisans in this cluster who work on products like stoneware, kiln furniture, decorative wares among a myriad of handmade ceramic products. These ceramic products not only provide a livelihood to the people of the city but also give the city a very colorful and vibrant feel.

Papier Mache Round Tray


 

Jammu & Kashmir

The craft known by the French term “papier-mache’” which literally means “paper pulp”, is locally known as “kar-e-kalamkari” or “pen-case work”, after its traditional Iranian name. Papier-mache’ was practiced as a form of decoration on the wooden wall panels and wooden furniture, and was eventually adapted to paper moulds as well. Trays, jewellery boxes and book covers were made for royal patrons and members of their courts. The two major processes involved in the craft are “sakthsazi” or “mould making” and naqqashi or “mould painting”. The naqqash renders the surface in intricate floral patterns or highly stylized scenes of hunts and battles. The Mughal period saw the art extending to palanquins, ceilings, bedsteads, doors and windows.

Saharanpur Wooden Tray


 

Uttar Pradesh

Saharanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh is well renowned for its work on wood carving and brass-inlay work on wood. Having influences from Kashmiri designs, their open worked screens with vines and floral patterns threading through the entire screen is very famous. Each work is methodically carved, engraved and buffed to give an other-wordly shine. Along with shelves, furniture and coasters, small toys such as trains and planes are also designed. Piggy banks ranging in different sizes are also made quite popular by them.

Taadi Wood Tray


 

Uttar Pradesh

Saharanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh is well renowned for its work on wood carving and brass-inlay work on wood. Having influences from Kashmiri designs, their open worked screens with vines and floral patterns threading through the entire screen is very famous. Each work is methodically carved, engraved and buffed to give an other-worldly shine. Along with shelves, furniture and coasters, small toys such as trains and planes are also designed. Piggy banks ranging in different sizes are also made quite popular by them.

White MOP and Taadi Wood Boat – Shaped Tray


 

Uttar Pradesh

Mother of Pearl has been used for multiple decorative purposes since long periods of time. The pieces of shell are smoothened and arranged in ornamental fashion on wood carvings or inlaid in brass objects. It gives both an embossed and a glossy look on finishing. Most products are fashioned in a simple and elegant fashion for mainly room décor and kitchen accessories such as crockery, coasters and bathroom dispensers etc.

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