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INDIAN HANDICRAFTS : Source of Inspiration for the Young Designer


Handicrafts in our country were in a manner reverenced as an important part of our rich cultural heritage. Though handicrafts fulfilled a positive need in the daily requirements of the people, they also served to satisfy the aesthetic hunger in man & provided a vehicle for his urge for aesthetic self – expression. The concept behind handicrafts was imbuing everything used in daily life, no matter how common or mundane, with a touch of beauty to add brightness to an otherwise dull & drab existence. Today handicrafts are becoming just commodities for sale, not the essentials in life. The handicrafts have now got particularly submerged under the rising forces of modern industrialization. The local Melas or fairs provide an excellent platform to the artisans to display their skills & earn a livlihood. The government of India is making efforts to promote these crafts, it is also the duty of the common man to support these artisans, so that their crafts don't loose in the race to factory produced goods. It is very important for a student of design to visit such places & get acquainted with the traditional textiles & crafts of India. One such prominent fair is the Surajkund Mela, held every year (Feb1 – Feb 15). It is just an attempt to lift a small corner of the veil of ignorance that is descending on this vast treasure of Indian Handicrafts & Handlooms

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Only 8 KM from South Delhi, Surajkund derives its name from an ancient amphitheatre. Sun pool built in the 10th century AD by the Tomar Chieftian Raja Suraj Pal, who worshipped the sun God. It was in such a background that Haryana set up a tourist complex at Surajkund. However later a scheme was formulated to have a theme state based crafts mela every year. Beneath thatched roof platforms, master crafts persons display the finest of handlooms and handicrafts from all over the country. The place becomes alive with folk dances and musical evenings & a riot of colours. Here are a few pics from the fair showing Madhubani paintings, Ivory work, Appliques.......A treat for the Eyes


Applique work Umbrellas

Applique Work

Artisans at Work

Beauty of Applique

Cane Bamboo

Carved Pillars

Doska Casting

Folk Dance

Handicrafts of India

Indian Heritage

Inlay Work

Madhubani Painting

Madhubani Work


Leather Puppets

Marble Inlay


Palm Leaf Engraving

Papier Mache

Sea Shell Work

Shadow Work

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wood carving

About the Author: Meet Anu Handa – Interior Designer turned Edupreneur, Blogger and co-founder at Mosaic Institute of Design. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Her online platform, helps the next generation of Design & B.Arch Aspirants get the right career advice, choose the most apt design streams, help them prepare for the entrance exams and choose the best college.

She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles.

Passionate about Design Education, she likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields on online platforms. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology.

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