Gone are the days when we were dependent on clocks for finding out the time; smartphones have taken over that responsibility and only true connoisseurs can be seen wearing watches nowadays. Clocks, be it the good old wall clocks or your wrist watches, have much more sentimental value associated with our generation than any smartphone could ever hope to achieve. So, go ahead and gift a traditional clock to your friends, employees or loved ones, and see how they revel in nostalgia of good days gone by.
Cane Wall Clock
Cane as a craft type is found across the northern, eastern, north-eastern and southern parts of the country. But it is predominantly found and practiced in north-east India, especially in Assam. The variety of cane used determines the quality of the product made. For example, a kind of muli bamboo locally known as ‘mulibazail’ is used for making umbrella handles. Two other varieties of bamboo locally known as ‘Mrithinga’ and ‘Bethua’ and different varieties of canes locally known as ‘sundi’, ‘barjali’, ‘harua’ and ‘golla’ are required for specific designs in making furniture and baskets.
Coconut Shell Clock
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.
Handpainted Wooden Clock
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.
Metal handicrafts are few of the most difficult craft-forms in India. One of the oldest form of crafts, Metal works have been found in archaeological evidences dating back to over 8700 BC. In India, this art form is prevalent in several regions but one city stands out when it comes to Brass handicrafts, Moradabad in UP. Located between the country capital, New Delhi, and the state capital, Lucknow, Moradabad is known as the brass handicraft capital of India. The ingenious touch of the local craftsmen leaves an indelible mark on the products which is famous throughout the world.
Mud Painting Clock
Kutch mud painting represents an important part of Gujarat’s rich culture and heritage. Not only is this art-form used for ritual purposes but also for decor owing to its vibrant and daring color compositions. Designs predominantly used are geometric with symmetric patterns on both sides. Completely made by hand by thatching mud, these paintings are detail-oriented and require a comprehensive set of skills and creativity.