One of the best gifts anyone can give is a souvenir which that is customized with some personal anecdotes. We all would have received a coffee mug with personalized messages or pictures embossed on them as birthday gifts. Customized products give the impression that the person giving it to us not only understands us but they also went through the pain of getting that product built as per our expectations: it is the ultimate display that they care about us. It can be anything which reminds about the times shared together and it makes sure that there are more such instances and memories to create in the future.

Chennai Leather Works


 

Tamil Nadu

Chennai leather craft is famous for the bags, wallets, folders, diaries and other accessories made out of leather. The designs come in a wide range and with excellent craftsmanship. The leather bags are usually hand-stitched using black nylon threads. Simple, elegant designs and brass work enhance these products. Embossed leather is the chief design feature of the leather products crafted in and around the tanneries in Chennai. Braiding leather for the handles and finishing of edges is another special feature. Special tools made out of stainless steel are used for the embossing process. Each tool has a geometric motif and is combined with other motifs to create compound surface designs.

Handmade Jute Products


 

West Bengal

Jute is the second most popular natural plant fiber and is available in abundance in the sub-tropical regions of India namely Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura. The jute fibers are dried and knit into threads. The threads are further woven into jute fabrics to be further hand-stitched into the desired jute product. In fact, the cleaned fiber, the threads and the fabrics are all used to make beautiful craft products like bags, rugs, carpets, hangings, footwear, coasters, jewelry, show pieces, etc. Some very fine quality jute is also used to make furnishing material and finished apparel as well.

Handmade Paper Diary


 

Rajasthan

Handmade paper is one of the most remarkable feats that humans have achieved in their quest to make the earth a greener place. Originating from Arabia, this craft flourished in India during the period of Ghazni Invasions around 1000 AD and was mainly carried out by Muslims craftsmen known as “Kagzis”. With the emergence of mill-made paper, this craft took a backseat but is now gaining prominence again as the society is becoming more aware of the imminent threat posed by deforestation caused due to mill-made paper to our environment. Besides having an aesthetic appeal and a characteristic naturally textured finish, handmade paper is also environment-friendly as its production process is energy-efficient, sustainable, recycle-promoting and non-polluting.

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.

Water Hyacinth Natural Fibre Bag


 

Assam

Water Hyacinth is an aquatic weed as they infest still water bodies like lakes & ponds, using upo the oxygen for aquatic life-forms and hence choking them. To counter this problem, numerous villagers and artisans in Assam have come together to make this weed into a source of income by weaving it into a natural fiber and further weaving it into various utility water hyacinth products. The stalks go through a series of chemical and mechanical treatment to achieve the crimp property of wool for better processing, hence reducing the plant’s natural adhesive content and softening the fibers to make them fine and fit for knitting and weaving into different handcrafted products.

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