About Indian Handicrafts

Handicraft attributes to the significance of every civilization, whether ancient or contemporary. Handicrafts represent cultural values, aesthetics, means of decoration, signify religious and functional importance. India, with its rich heritage of handicrafts, has seen art forms evolve over centuries. The diverse landscape of our country has supported different forms of art and crafts. Each region in India has its own diverse culture, which shapes the distinct cultural traditions and handicrafts in India.

There are an estimated 6.7 million artisans in the country making it the second largest sector of employment, next to agriculture in rural India. Yet, for a country with beautiful tradition, tremendous diversity, and rich history, India’s share towards global market for crafts is less than 2%. In our relentless drive towards globalization and upskilling to technology, we are forgetting the essence and legacy of traditional art and crafts.

NABFOUNDATION identifies the importance and problems of this sector, hence aims to create a digital space exclusively for craftsmen and artisans by providing visibility on public domain. Developing a digital platform providing information and data on different facets of this sector will showcase the required scope for the craftsmen by enlisting their details on the website. With the help of technology, NABFOUNDATION is enabling a space for craftsmen which will represent them as well as create a market link in their field of expertise. This will not only broaden the field of craft but also creates a scope of exposure for the artisans, by leveraging handicrafts into a smart profitable source of business.
Handicraft Categories

Traditional art is a form of language which speaks in volumes for itself. There are no boundaries which can divide the culture when it comes folk art, crafts, and paintings. Every country has its own tradition, practiced, and protected from generation to continue the legacy, tradition, and history behind. India is one of the many countries which shares its rich historical background with folk art and paintings. Right from prehistoric age of Bhimbetka paintings to the new ear of Madhubani paintings, India has engaged and evolved in the traditional art forms. These traditional art forms and artisans working in the respective field are represented on the website.
ARTIST NAME : Bharat Hemraj
CRAFT NAME : Chandi Tarkashi/Filigree work of Cuttack,Odisha
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri Radheshyam Saini, R/o- 41, Krishna Nagar, Mahesh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302015.
CONTACT : 9938475852, 9776359195, 9738918083
EMAIL : ninaganatra@gmail.com
ARTIST NAME : Paras Ram Saini
CRAFT NAME : Miniature Painting, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri Radheshyam Saini, R/o- 41, Krishna Nagar, Mahesh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302015
CONTACT : 9887291401
ARTIST NAME : Rajaram Sharma
CRAFT NAME : Pichwai Painting, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri Radheshyam Saini, R/o- 41, Krishna Nagar, Mahesh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302015
CONTACT : 9887291401
ARTIST NAME : Khatri Jumabhai Daudbhai
CRAFT NAME : Rogan Painting, Gujarat
ADDRESS 1 : S/o Shri Daudbhai Hasambhai, At.Nirona,Tal. Nakhatrana, Dist. Kutch, Gujarat-370001.
ADDRESS 2 : At & PO: Nirona Nakhatrana, Kutch, 370061. Gujarat, India
CONTACT : 9601324275
ARTIST NAME : Vasant Manubhai Chitra
CRAFT NAME : Mata-in-pachedi/Ritual painting of Gujrat
ADDRESS : Vasan Beraj Road, Near Usha Bhawan, Raval Nagar, Vasana, Ahmedabad, 380007. Gujrat, India
CONTACT : 9913858854
EMAIL : vasantchitara@gmail.com
The practice of bone carvings is an ancient form of craft in India. Traditionally, Kerala was famous for its bone and ivory carvings until a ban on ivory was passed by the government of India. Today we see a shift in this form of craft as carvings of coconut shell and horns has taken a lead in Indian handicrafts. Crafts such as shell carvings, jewelleries, toys, wall hangings, etc. are a few examples of crafts we see today under this catefory.
ARTIST NAME : Rathindra Nath Malik
CRAFT NAME : Coconut Shell Carving, West Bengal
ADDRESS : S/oLate Rebati Mohan Mallick, SAKAAL, 3, Nelinagar, P.O. Haltu, Kolkata-700078, West Bengal
CONTACT : 9231922848
Cane and Bamboo are two major element which plays a primary role in Indian handicraft history. It is not only a form of craft but also a means of employment in varied parts of the country. They act as an excellent alternative for wood also helps in conserving forest and nature. Products made from cane and bamboo such as furniture, toys, mats, lamp shades, baskets, utensils, etc are witnessing huge market demand simultaneously, consumption of the same also encourages small scale farmers in rural India.
ARTIST NAME : Deepak Kumar Dewangan
CRAFT NAME : Cane and Bamboo of Chhattisgarh
ADDRESS : Tribal Tuma & Bamboo Craft, Village+Post- Palari, Kondagaon, 494226. Chattisgarh, India
CONTACT : 91-8889719209, 7692948984, 08839803431
EMAIL : deepakkalaghar7461@gmail.com
ARTIST NAME : Vijay Kumar Mehra
CRAFT NAME : Cane and Bamboo Craft of Himachal Pradesh
ADDRESS : Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
CONTACT : 9816377249
Earthenware in India has been used right from the beginning of the time. It is one amongst the oldest form of employment as well as handicraft in India. Clay and terracotta products have always been utilized in the form of pots, utensils, sculptures, construction purposes, etc. However, in today’s time utilization of clay and terracotta is no more limited to sculptures and utensils but products like terracotta jewellery, decorative art pieces, fancy utensils, miniature sculptures, wall arts etc, have taken place. These handicraft products over the years have not just evolved from one form to another but has always created a new identity of its own.
Ceramic, Porcelain or Bone China is a category of handicraft which is considered as fine arts. The evolution of this form of art has spread from the regions of China, which eventually landed in parts of Asia and India. However, Indian culture adopted this form of art in such a way, today it is almost hard enough to believe that ceramic is not an Indian origin. Glazed pottery, statues, show piece etc, are a few examples under this category.
ARTIST NAME : Vanmala Jain
CRAFT NAME : Glazed Ceramic Pottery of Maharashtra
ADDRESS : Kuprkabi, K-1, Grd Floor, Rizvi Park, Nxt to ACME Mall, SV Road, Santacruz (W), Mumbai, 400054. Maharashtra, India
CONTACT : 91-22-65056256, 91-9820519877
EMAIL : indiaceramics@yahoo.co.in, vanmalajain@gmail.com
Cloth is an important element of our day-to-day life; this is where we see the emergence of Textile industry. The industry of textile has flourished Indian economy in multiple forms, be it the fancy sarees or the beautiful mats that is weaved. The history of textile is very rich and has a bigger contribution in the Indian economy. Even today, many artisans from generation carry the family legacy and work in the field of textile in the form of knitting, weaving, crochet, etc. Here is a representation of artisans who are an expert in their field.
ARTIST NAME : Shantanu Bharat Handi
CRAFT NAME : Paithani Saree Weaving Maharashtra
ADDRESS : S/o – Shri Bharat Gangaram Handi, R/o – 3630, Pabale Lane, Near Sai Baba Temple, Yeola, Nashik, Maharashtra-423401
CONTACT : 9226365066
EMAIL : dhanuhandi21@gmail.com
ARTIST NAME : Sudira Devi
CRAFT NAME : Sikki Grass Bihar
ADDRESS : D/o – Shri Harideb Thakur, R/o – Village P.O. Rayaam, Bhaya, Jhanjharpur, Madhubani, Bihar-847404
CONTACT : 9709809253, 8051877106
The identification of a handicraft is the artisans personal touch and the efforts he/she puts while making the piece. Similar is the case with Dhurries and Floor coverings in India. The notion of dhurries differ from the regular carpet which we usually use for floor coverings. They are handwoven rugs usually utilized for bedding and/or packing rather than floor coverings, however, can also be used as floor coverings or carpets. The vibrancy of handicraft lies in its unique designs and combination of colours and are often light weighted which makes it even more accessible and portable.
The concept of decoration cannot be any well defined by Embroideries. Decorating a fabric with materials such as gold and silver wires, beads, leather, etc is what we call as Embroidery. This practice of hand embroidery was traditionally done by women, which over the years has been taken over and continued by men. Kasuti, Zardozi, Phulkari, etc are examples of a few traditional and difficult hand embroideries. They are not only used to decorate a fabric but also furniture’s to create a unique form of art.
ARTIST NAME : Jahangir Bhat
CRAFT NAME : Crewel Embroidery of Kashmir
ADDRESS : Dr. Alijan Road, Zoonimar, Soura, Srinagar, 190011. Jammu & Kashmir, India
CONTACT : 91-9419416933, 7006932489
ARTIST NAME : Paresh Patel
CRAFT NAME : Aashavali and other Brocade Weaving of Ahmedabad, Gujrat
ADDRESS : M/s Paresh Handlooms, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
CONTACT : 9898704107, 9924042055
ARTIST NAME : Usha J. Pawar
CRAFT NAME : Kasuti Hand Embroidery
ADDRESS : W/o Shri V.Janardhan Rao R/o-9,3rdCross,N.S.Iyegar, Street,Seshadripuram, Bangluru-560020. Karnataka
CONTACT : 9845078141, 08023366522
EMAIL : ushapawar@hotmail.com
Over millennia, Indian arts and crafts have evolved, and now, not only every region, but even microregions, have their own distinct traditions, however, the current times are challenging these forms of art like never before. Due to the changing mode of existence, despite occasional challenges in the forms of economy, with the overpowering urge to establish comparable patterns in production and certainly our lives are leaving very little space for these cultural forms to coexist. However, these traditional practices define the people, groups, and cultural identity of the country, thus preservation of the same is essential.
ARTIST NAME : Baidyanath Samarath
CRAFT NAME : Cotton and Silk Weaving of Kotpad, Odisha
ADDRESS : S/o Shri Sahadev Samarth, At- Mirgan Street,Po.- Kotpad,, Koraput, Odisha, India
CONTACT : 91-06860-283504, +91-9937654014
ARTIST NAME : Kamalakar G Chitari
CRAFT NAME : Ganjifa/ Playing Cards of Goa
ADDRESS : N.I.O. Co-operative Hsg. Society, House No. 924/3, Near Kadamba Depot, Porvorim, 403521. Goa, India
CONTACT : 7588453854, 9986020168
EMAIL : kamalakargchitari@gmail.com
The existence of mirrors and glass in the handicraft industry is as old as we can describe. The primary use of glass and mirrors have been in the form of decorations, jewelleries, accessories etc. However, over the years use of the same has evolved and can now be used in multiple aspects, right from a small item of jewellery to a big scientific invention. Though the use of this material had evolved, its base remains the same. Many handicrafts such as glass bows, vase, mirror work, statue etc. are continued by artisans in India.
ARTIST NAME : Rajan Singh Yadav
CRAFT NAME : Glass Art, Uttar Pradesh
ADDRESS : S/o- Late Bhogi Ram Yadav, R/o- 1/615/3 Suhag Nagar,Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh-283203
CONTACT : 9837326559
EMAIL : aravindaranmula@gmail.com
Block Printing is one of the oldest forms of printing in existence. The presence of this technique in Indian history can be traced back to almost 450 years. Block printing essentially means caving out designs on the wooden blocks which later is to be used to print designs on fabrics with the help of dye. Dabu, Ajrak, are examples of hand block printing practiced in India. This form of art is traditionally used natural vegetable dye, which over the year was succeeded by synthetic colours. Every colour has its own block which makes the art even more interesting. This labour-intensive process is very time consuming which defines the efforts put in by the craftsperson.
ARTIST NAME : Abshar Husain Khalidi
CRAFT NAME : Block Making in Wood for Hand Printing of UttarPradesh
ADDRESS : M/s Central Handicrafts, M/s Sajawat Interrior Decorators, 231 Chhipiwara, Pilkhuwa, Ghaziabad, 245 304. Uttar Pradesh, India
CONTACT : 91-122-2323655, 2323441, 09837358320
ARTIST NAME : Suraj Narayan Titanwala
CRAFT NAME : Hand Block – Printing of Bagru, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : Sunrise Printers, Titanwala Bhawan, Adarsh Nagar, Bagru, Jaipur, 303007. Rajasthan, India
CONTACT : 91-9414204408
EMAIL : info@pracheen.com
The ritual of mural paintings started in ancient India i.e., from early medieval times. These paintings have been practiced all over the country during this era on cave walls, rocks, etc. Murals were painted in a variety of styles depending on the historical period. Bhimbetka is one of the first mural paintings witnessed in Indian history, similarly, caves of Ajanta and Elora are few other instances of mural wall paintings in India. However, we can now see these paintings in the form of modern art in Indian handicraft industry.
The craft of Papier Mache is considered as old as the art of papermaking. It is a combination primarily made of paper and paper products with a mixture of glue. Though papier mache is considered to be light weight it is a strong material. It is an environment friendly form of handicraft, without inclusion of any harmful chemical or toxic material. This form of art can be long lasting with extensive work and minute details. Masks, showpieces, lampshades, boxes etc, are a few examples of Papier Mache art.
ARTIST NAME : Rakesh Vyas
CRAFT NAME : Paper Machie Craft Rajasthan
ADDRESS : S/o Shri Dinesh Kumar Purohit 7-B, Raghunath Puri II, Behind Chaudhary Petrol Pump, Tonk, Sanganer, Jaipur-302011.
CONTACT : 9413623838
ARTIST NAME : Syed Maqbool Hussain
CRAFT NAME : Paper Machie, Jammu & Kashmir
ADDRESS : Kathi Maidan, Alamgari Bazar, Srinagar-190011
CONTACT : 9797125151
ARTIST NAME : Ajaz Ahemad Shah
CRAFT NAME : Papier Mache of Delhi
ADDRESS : R/o M-19, 3rd Floor, Batla House, Okhla, New Delhi, 110025. Delhi, India
CONTACT : R/o M-19, 3rd Floor, Batla House, Okhla, New Delhi, 110025. Delhi, India
Ritual art is mainly a lengthy and deliberate form of expression. Although this creative art takes place in the present, it is inextricably linked to the past and future. The beauty and richness of India's sacred art forms are unrivalled. Ritual art forms in India are cultural standards that have shaped the country's very conscience. They are often linked to religious ceremonies and mythical narrative. Chau masks is an excellent example of this ritual art form in India.
ARTIST NAME : Dharmendra Sutradhar
CRAFT NAME : Chau Mask Making of Purulia, West Bengal
ADDRESS : Village & Post – Charida, P.S. - Baghmundi, 723152. West Bengal, India
CONTACT : 9679719388
Stone cutting or also known as Stone carvings is one of the earliest forms of art practiced in Indian history. We have seen this form of art leave its imprints in the form of temple structures, ancient deities’ sculptures, wall carvings, etc. However, its existence has not just limited to these types but have evolved over the year. Stone carvings in the form of marble structure, utensils, filigile jail work, etc are a few examples of the exquisite work done by Indian craftsmen. This handicraft is not just time consuming and labour intensive but also has no scope for error to be made.
ARTIST NAME : Kalpataru Maharana
CRAFT NAME : Stone Carving, Odisha
ADDRESS : S/o- Late Bholi Maharana, R/o- At – Lalit Giri , PS-Maharana, Dist-Cuttak, Odisha-754205
CONTACT : 9438135090
EMAIL : silverspg@vsnl.com
ARTIST NAME : Amrit Lal Sirohiya
CRAFT NAME : Gemstone Carving
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri Hanuman Prasad Sirohiya, R/o- D-9, Raghunath Vihar, Sirsi Road, Panchyawala, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302034
CONTACT : 9829337548
Indian handicrafts are rich with tribal culture which reflects the authenticity and cultural heritage. This cultural heritage over the years have gradually inculcated and adopted by the cosmopolitan era. Art forms such as Gond Chitrakari, Tribal textile weaving, etc are a few forms of handicrafts to be mentioned under the Tribal crafts. Tribal handicrafts not only depend on the cultural practices but also influenced from various part of the states. Thus, tribal forms of art play an essential role in Indian handicraft structure.
Creation of patterns with the use of wax is widely known as batik dying. This form of handicraft is practiced on fabric similar to block printing. Batik prints are widely used on sarees, cloths, garments, accessories, and is also used as a form of decorative art. There are two primary forms of batik dying i.e., handprint and block print. Tulis batiks is one fine example of batik practiced in India.
ARTIST NAME : Sudhir V. Phadnes
CRAFT NAME : Batik Painting
ADDRESS : S/o-Shri Vasant Rao Phadnes, R/o-Type III/37, North West Motibagh,New Delhi-110021
CONTACT : 9868104106, 9999326673
EMAIL : info@ekkathaclothing.com
Similar to stone carvings, wood carvings or wooden handicrafts is also an ancient craft practiced in India. Wood carvings and inlays are not just limited to sculptures or furnishing but also products as jewellery boxes, interior décor, decorative wooden walls, filigile jail work, utensils, art pieces, wooden jewellery etc. The famous sandal wood carvings of Karnataka, lacquerware of Madhya Pradesh, Khatumband of Kashmir, Wooden toys, etc are few examples of the wooden handicrafts practiced in India.
ARTIST NAME : Maqbool Khan
CRAFT NAME : Khatumband and Pinjrakari Woodwork of Kashmir
ADDRESS : Danamazar, Safakandal, Shrinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India.
CONTACT : 2428531, 09796593003
ARTIST NAME : Mohan Lal Sharma
CRAFT NAME : Tarkashi Inlay, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : S/o Late Sh.Ganesh Narayan Sharma, R/o 41, Gopal Pura Gaon, Near Sita Ram ji Mandir Gopal Pura Bye Pass, Jaipur. Rajasthan –302002
CONTACT : 9460384023
ARTIST NAME : Vinod Jangid
CRAFT NAME : Sandalwood Carving of Jaipur, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : E-222, Ram Nagar Extension, Katariya Colony, New Sanganer Road, Sodala, Jaipur, 302 019. Rajasthan, India
CONTACT : 91-141-2294712, +91-9413995058
ARTIST NAME : Kamaljit
CRAFT NAME : Plastic Inlay on Wood, Punjab
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri Rupan Matharu, R/o – B25 MCH 308, Deep Nagar, Phagwara Road, Hoshiarpur, Punjab-146001
CONTACT : 91-141-2294712, +91-9413995058
The origins of leather craft may be traced back to early human times when mankind realised that animal skin and tree bark could be utilised as clothing. Leatherwork was once limited to tribal communities and village areas, eventually, painted leather crafts made their way into urban areas. Today, hand-painted leather crafts have become a commercial item. This method is used to make a variety of items like footwear, bags, garments, and handbags. Today, leather craft has become a commercial success, and it is no longer just an art form, but also symbolizes the Indian culture and history.
ARTIST NAME : Ayub Ali Usta
CRAFT NAME : Gold Nakkashi work on camel leather, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : S/o Shri Mohammad Haneef Usta, Near Janta Pyau, Usta Colony, Peer Talai, Shriramsar Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan-334 001
CONTACT : 9413431301
ARTIST NAME : Khande Sreenivasulu
CRAFT NAME : Leather Puppetry
ADDRESS : S/o- Shri K.Kullayappa, R/o- 23-427,Sai Nagar, Dharmavaram, Andhra Pradesh -515671
CONTACT : 8897291616
Metals are commonly known for its hardness and solid nature, however, their shapable character allows them to turn into an art piece. Metal craft in India, contrary to popular belief, exudes a blend of flair, craftsmanship, and dependability. Bidriware, Metal Inlays, Dhokra and Kamrupi etc, are a list of handicrafts practiced in the country.
ARTIST NAME : Shah Rasheed Ahmed Quadri
CRAFT NAME : Bidriware, Karnataka
ADDRESS : S/o Late Shah Mustafa Quadri, R/o Novel Bidri Craft, Opp.Govt. Junior College Siddi Taleem Road, Bidar – 585 401 (Karnataka)
CONTACT : 09880690669, 08482-230129
CRAFT NAME : Metal Inlay on Wood of Jodhpur, Rajasthan
ADDRESS : 408 III Ext. Kamla Nehru Nagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
CONTACT : +91-291-2759786, 91-9413320786
EMAIL : quadriart_craft@yahoo.com
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