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Woodcraft of India

When you take a walk inside the magnificent temple at Bodh Gaya, your eyes fall on the magnificent woodcraft carved on the walls depicting the stories of Lord Buddha. This craftwork is at once ancient and indigenous to the land where cultures form a melting pot of ethnicities, the woodcraft of India dates back to the pre-Mauryan times. There are many other fine examples, of them being Emperor Ashoka’s palace at Pataliputra. The craft has roots deeply entrenched in India’s culture and history. The carvers of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, known as asari-s, claim to be direct descendants of Lord Vishwakarma, the celestial architect. Indian wood is of luxuriant variety, each type of wood having a particular grain and strength, allowing carvers to develop styles and items suited to that wood type, offering an array of options in woodwork.

India has woodcraft distributed all over the nation. With vaulted ceilings and “Pinjarra” windows made from lattice-worked wood, houses in Kashmir are insulated with wood as well as lined with it. In Ahmedabad,  Gujarat, Rani Sipri’s tomb and the mosque of Sidi Saiyed, both of which feature elaborate and intricate workmanship, are two of the best examples of Gujarat carpentry in all its beauty. Ancient temples in the Chamba district contain some of the best temple wood carvings. Rohida wood is used to prepare paper-thin bowls for Jain munis’ in Rajasthan’s Pipad city and Bhai Sajanpur in Pali district. These are just one of the few examples from a very vast list of Indian woodcrafts. 


Indian woodcraft has a great value both in India and abroad. Its prominence is nothing new as remnants of the woodcraft of India have been found in the earliest civilizations such as the Indus valley civilization. But today, things are not so bright for the  Indian woodcraft industry. These woodcrafts take a lot of time and skill, resulting in being priced very high in the markets. Also, with the added disadvantage of the surge in the popularity of machine produces goods that are very cheap and is available in bulk quantity in a very short time, the importance of Indian woodcraft has declined over time. This has led to the loss of its significance in the current times’ and here remained as a mere cultural symbol. Kreatmaster attempts at giving outstanding craftsmanship its due and provide craftsmen a sustainable way of earning a livelihood. 

In modern times, these woodcrafts are making a slow and small comeback as wooden furniture and woodcraft furniture have made a re-entry into the aesthetic trend of interior designs and home decor. This is a small hope in deciding the fate of the many artisans that are engaged in the trade. Ancient Indian wood carving dates back to the temples and palaces of pre-historic times when it flourished along with architecture and sculpture. Stemming from the walls of temples, palaces it jas now extended to the exquisite home decor and symbols of culture that we see in our homes and other places. If you ever make up your mind to buy Wooden Artifacts or Woodcraft furniture India, Kreatmaster has listed the best possible sellers for you to connect with and communicate with. For more information, head over to https://kreatmaster.com/listings/categories/handicrafts/ 

 

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