Familiar with Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee house serving as your favorite hangout destination. What makes Starbucks so special and unique is not only the exquisite taste of its finely blended coffee but the comfort that this place offers. You can be in New York or Tokyo, Delhi or Rome but you can always feel at home in any Starbucks outlet anywhere in the world. The ambience of a restaurant plays a vital role in bringing back customers to your place. Not everyone loves ostentatious displays at the place they would like to spend quality time with their partners or friends, some people crave for an old world charm to bring back some heart in their conversations.

Bamboo Pipe Tray


 

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 Flower Vase


 

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.

Cane Hanging Lamp


 

Meghalaya

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.

Cane Lantern


 

Meghalaya

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.

Cane Wall Clock


 

Meghalaya

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 Fibre Lamp


 

Karnataka

Oil, water and fruit, we all enjoy these aspects of coconut on a daily basis. However, coconut is one the few gifts nature has bestowed upon us which serves us even with leftover parts like the fibrous filament on its exterior shell. The fibrous filaments prove to be the perfect ingredients for handcrafting unique decorative items and weaving beautiful lampshades for a handful of artisans in Coastal Karnataka. Found primarily in the coastal areas of the country, coconut is one of the most important sources of livelihood for the people living there.

Coconut Shell Tea Light Holder


 

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.

Handmade Paper Lamp


 

Karnataka

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.

Metal Lantern


 

Uttar Pradesh

Metal handicrafts are few of the most difficult craft forms in India. One of the oldest forms of crafts, Metalworks has been found in archaeological evidence 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 are famous throughout the world.

Soapstone Tea Light Holder


 

Uttar Pradesh

Soapstone is produced in several parts of the country which primarily includes UP, Rajasthan, Mysore and Tamil Nadu, but the sheer volume in which products are handcrafted out of soapstone in Agra makes it a class apart from anywhere else in the country. Majorly used to make religious idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the soapstone gets a large crowd for replicas of Taj Mahal, one of the biggest tourist attractions in India and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Besides the monument, small boxes, plates, coasters, paper weights and photo frames made from soapstone are also very popular throughout the country and outside India.

Taadi Wood Tea Light Holder


 

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.

White Mother of Pearl Tea Light Holder


 

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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