Indic Inspirations is proud to present a set of the important Art & Craft items of Karnataka - 11 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!

  1. Handmade Banana Fibre Mat – Banana Fibercraft, Chitradurga

Hand-loomed banana fibre is skilfully used to make this elegant table mat. The women artisans from Hiriyur block of Chitradurga district, Karnataka collect the banana bark of the well-matured banana trees. Then the bark is split into strips and it is treated with water to make it smooth and supple. This fiber is hooked to the spinning wheel to make the yarn.

  1. Chittara Framed Painting – Hase Chitara, Shimoga district

Hase Chitara is a folk mural art practised by the Deewaru community in the Malenadu region of Karnataka. Marriages, other life cycle rituals and festivals are celebrated by women of the community, by painting the walls of their homes and thresholds with images that draw inspiration from nature and daily life.

  1. Wood Engraved – Jewellery Box

Elegant Sheesham Wood Jewellery Box made by artisans of Sagar in Shimoga district. Originally engraving was done with ivory and now done with bone & plastic. Floral, mythological figures and geometrical patterns are engraved and filled by woodcraft artisans of this region. 

  1. 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!

  1. Hand Painted Raja Rani Wooden Salt & Pepper Set - Channapatna Woodcraft

Cute and kitschy these salt and pepper shakers are inspired by Raja Rani fables. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Mother & Baby Elephant – Wood Painting, Sagar Woodcrafts

Karnataka is a home to the Asian Elephant and has inspired many art themes. Wood inlay, primarily in rosewood, is a distinctive craft of the Gudigar community of Karnataka. Wood inlay is the process of decorating the surface of wood, by setting in pieces of material such as ivory, bone, plastic, or wood of different colours.

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

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