Karnataka Arts & Crafts Gift Set (S)
Indic Inspirations is proud to present a set of the interesting Art & Craft items of Karnataka - 6 items
Karnataka, One State Many Worlds - its varied regions and history have created a rich tapestry of Arts & Crafts, that include distinctive textiles, folk paintings, wood and metal crafts. We are happy to present a few products from some of these crafts – that are UNIQUE, represent TRADITION, give JOY & will be HEIRLOOMS!
- Hand-Embroidered Table Mat – Ilkal Textiles & Kasuti Embroidery
Looking to add some color to your patio table toss on this traditional hand-embroidered tablemat. Stitched & designed using silk cotton Ilkal fabric embroidered with Kasuti embroidery. llkal, a town in the Bagalakot District of Northern Karnataka is home to Ilkal weaving. Kasuti is a distinguished cotton thread embroidery style that originated in Karnataka during the Chalukya period and is based on mathematical patterns to show the same pattern on both sides of the cloth!
- Karnataka Coffee – Chikmagalur the Home of Coffee
The history of coffee in India dates back to around 1600 AD, when the Indian Sufi saint, Baba Budan, went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He made his 'legendary' journey from Mocha, a port city of Yemen that overlooks the Red Sea, to his homeland. After returning from his pilgrimage, Baba Budan planted the seven seeds of Mocha in the courtyard of his hermitage in Chikmagalur. The coffee plants gradually spread on to the hills of what is now known as Baba Budan Hills in Chikmagalur.
- Hourglass T-Light – Channapatna Woodcraft
Lacquered, wooden diya inspired by the region’s Lotus & the Pillar, enduring symbols of India’s heritage - These colourful tea light candle holders will add extra colour, a sense of warmth and style to your table setting. Made by artisans of Channapatna, the town is the main production centre for lacquered wooden toys and other utility items. It flourished under the royal patronage of Tipu Sultan, in the 18th century. Toys are the signature craft product of this area, made from the close-grained “ale mara” wood. The use of vegetable-dyed lacquer makes it eco-friendly and safe for children.
- Sandalwood Dhoop Sticks
Sandalwood is a tree of rarity which grows in very few countries in the world. It has a unique place among trees because of its fragrance and golden hue. The best quality sandalwood in India comes from Karnataka – the Sandalwood State. Grown in the districts of Chikmagalur, Hassan, Mysore, Shimoga, Belgavi, Uttarkannada, Dharwad & Kolar. Sandalwood is used to make perfumes, soaps, medicines and dhoop sticks.
- Black & Silver Jewellery Box – Bidri Metalcraft, Bidar
Add a touch of sophistication to your dressing-table with this jewellery box. This product is handcrafted by artisans of Bidar in North Karnataka. Bidri craft developed in the 14th century C.E. as a part of the Bahamani Sultanate. This product is made by an eight-stage manufacturing process. It starts from the casting of base structure from an alloy of copper and zinc metal. Pure silver wire or sheet is inlayed in engraved portion of casting.
- Silk Stole – Silks of Mysore
India is the only country that is home to four different silk varieties: Mulberry silk, Eri silk, Wild Tussar silk and wild golden Muga silk. Karnataka played a pivotal role historically in the development of Mulberry Silk. Tipu Sultan is the father of the Karnataka Silk industry. In 1785 he sent people to Bengal to learn sericulture and to establish the same in his kingdom. In 1912, Mysore recognized the need for organizing seed supply and the Architect of Mysore Sir M. Vishveshwaraiah, gave much importance to Sericulture in rural development. Mysore soon became known for its Mysore Silk Sarees.