Traditional Handicrafts

These 80 items won our 2012 UNESCO Award of Excellence in Handicrafts. Traditional craftsmanship gets a stunning makeover here. We keep this know-how competitive for today's world by encouraging designs that are innovative yet steeped in tradition. Cultural industries are enlisted in our sustainable development strategy, helping artisans earn their livelihood & perpetuate their rich heritage. Learn more: http://ow.ly/eLp5a
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Parsi Hand embroidered Stole and Purse - India  The Persian word for garden “pairideza” became “Paradise” in English. A colourful Persian paradise is hand embroidered on this georgette stole & purse.   The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the neat execution of complex embroidery stitches, depicting the highly symbolic bird of paradise as well as the good quality finish of the stole.

Parsi Hand embroidered Stole and Purse - India The Persian word for garden “pairideza” became “Paradise” in English. A colourful Persian paradise is hand embroidered on this georgette stole & purse. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the neat execution of complex embroidery stitches, depicting the highly symbolic bird of paradise as well as the good quality finish of the stole.

Ikat Weaving (Orissa), India: The tie-dye on wild tassar silk woven fabric is from the Indian state of Orissa, a style locally known as bandha. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the well-executed tie-dye technique, and appreciated the classical motifs and interesting choice of rich dyes.

Ikat Weaving (Orissa), India: The tie-dye on wild tassar silk woven fabric is from the Indian state of Orissa, a style locally known as bandha. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the well-executed tie-dye technique, and appreciated the classical motifs and interesting choice of rich dyes.

Brass Jali Lamp, India: This led lamp is made from a hardwood base and brass lamp shade. The jali (ornamental latticed screen traditionally used in architecture in India) design of the brass is reminiscent of Delhi & Agra. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the good design balancing the decorated and plain sections of the lamp. The jali, latticed design, on the top of the lamp creatively reveals patterned shadows.

Brass Jali Lamp, India: This led lamp is made from a hardwood base and brass lamp shade. The jali (ornamental latticed screen traditionally used in architecture in India) design of the brass is reminiscent of Delhi & Agra. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the good design balancing the decorated and plain sections of the lamp. The jali, latticed design, on the top of the lamp creatively reveals patterned shadows.

Hand-Woven Palmyrah Leaf Chettinad 'Kottan' – Sample 1, India: A unique adaptation of the kottan into a contemporary double-layered fruit basket using two techniques of weaving; one technique is called sohi, which is comparable to embroidery done with palm leaves. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine execution of the traditional sohi technique, embroidery with palm leaves, and praised the use of the double layer which strengthens the basket.

Hand-Woven Palmyrah Leaf Chettinad 'Kottan' – Sample 1, India: A unique adaptation of the kottan into a contemporary double-layered fruit basket using two techniques of weaving; one technique is called sohi, which is comparable to embroidery done with palm leaves. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine execution of the traditional sohi technique, embroidery with palm leaves, and praised the use of the double layer which strengthens the basket.

Wall Hanging in Sanjhi-Mango Tree, India: Wall Hanging representing a mango tree and animals, made from hand-cut gold foil. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the beautiful composition of the tree and its decorative elements, which was intricately cut out of a gold leave with special scissors.

Wall Hanging in Sanjhi-Mango Tree, India: Wall Hanging representing a mango tree and animals, made from hand-cut gold foil. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the beautiful composition of the tree and its decorative elements, which was intricately cut out of a gold leave with special scissors.

Leather Puppetry, India: Traditional puppet on bamboo sticks carved in goat skin. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the composition of the leather puppet, which enhances the beautifully executed traditional skills.

Leather Puppetry, India: Traditional puppet on bamboo sticks carved in goat skin. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the composition of the leather puppet, which enhances the beautifully executed traditional skills.

Silver Ring: The Four Signs, Sri Lanka: The silver ring displays the ‘four signs in Buddhism’: the sick, the old, the dead and the holy, which motivated Prince Siddhartha to renounce to the world and led him to enlightenment. The International 2012 Panel of Experts noticed the well-executed lost-wax casting technique and commented that the use of a square shape was a meaningful way to display the ‘four signs in Buddhism’: the sick, the old, the dead and the holy.

Silver Ring: The Four Signs, Sri Lanka: The silver ring displays the ‘four signs in Buddhism’: the sick, the old, the dead and the holy, which motivated Prince Siddhartha to renounce to the world and led him to enlightenment. The International 2012 Panel of Experts noticed the well-executed lost-wax casting technique and commented that the use of a square shape was a meaningful way to display the ‘four signs in Buddhism’: the sick, the old, the dead and the holy.

Ajrakh Block Printed Stole, India: Stole using ajrakh hand block printing with thread resist technique, a traditional craft of the Khatri community of Gujarat. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the effort made in the execution and promotion the traditional ajrakh technique - mixing block printing on both sides of the fabric and resist printing - the use of natural dyes, and innovative spacing of the patterns which gives a modern touch to traditional motifs.

Ajrakh Block Printed Stole, India: Stole using ajrakh hand block printing with thread resist technique, a traditional craft of the Khatri community of Gujarat. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the effort made in the execution and promotion the traditional ajrakh technique - mixing block printing on both sides of the fabric and resist printing - the use of natural dyes, and innovative spacing of the patterns which gives a modern touch to traditional motifs.

Jamdani Silk Stole "Big Leaf", India: Hand woven silk stole using jamdani, a hand-loom technique where the pattern is embroidered on the loom (supplementary discontinued weft). The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the good execution of the traditional jamdani weaving technique and the pleasant texture, while the use of asymmetrical design and the selection of vivid colours give the stole a contemporary easy-to-wear look.

Jamdani Silk Stole "Big Leaf", India: Hand woven silk stole using jamdani, a hand-loom technique where the pattern is embroidered on the loom (supplementary discontinued weft). The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the good execution of the traditional jamdani weaving technique and the pleasant texture, while the use of asymmetrical design and the selection of vivid colours give the stole a contemporary easy-to-wear look.

Aroma Lamp-Soap Stone, India: Aroma lamp with fine traditional latticed patterns carved in soap stone. Both the lid and the base are removable for easy use and cleaning.  The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the finely carved traditional latticed pattern of this well-thought market-competitive aroma lamp.

Aroma Lamp-Soap Stone, India: Aroma lamp with fine traditional latticed patterns carved in soap stone. Both the lid and the base are removable for easy use and cleaning. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the finely carved traditional latticed pattern of this well-thought market-competitive aroma lamp.

Hand-Woven Palmyrah Leaf Chettinad 'Kottan' – Sample 2, India: Basket woven using the sohi technique, which is comparable to embroidery done with palm leaves. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine execution of the traditional sohi technique, embroidery with palm leaves, and praised the design, which includes four types of weave and nice colour combination.

Hand-Woven Palmyrah Leaf Chettinad 'Kottan' – Sample 2, India: Basket woven using the sohi technique, which is comparable to embroidery done with palm leaves. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine execution of the traditional sohi technique, embroidery with palm leaves, and praised the design, which includes four types of weave and nice colour combination.

Hand Block Printed Silk Cotton Handloom Scarf, India: The silk-cotton scarf uses natural and herbal dyes and is embellished with gold outlines. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the use of traditional block-printed technique and natural dyes to create an innovative design of space and graded patterns enhanced by the borders.

Hand Block Printed Silk Cotton Handloom Scarf, India: The silk-cotton scarf uses natural and herbal dyes and is embellished with gold outlines. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the use of traditional block-printed technique and natural dyes to create an innovative design of space and graded patterns enhanced by the borders.

Ajrakh Hand Block Printed With Natural Dye 'Quilt Stole', India: Stole using ajrakh hand block printing with thread resist technique, as well as bandhuri hand weaving and stitching techniques. The International Panel of Experts commended the well-executed ajrakh technique - mixing block printing on both sides of the fabric and resist printing - and the neat hand finishing. The use of harmonious natural blue and grey shades and the 2 layers of silk and wool give a warm and cozy quilted stole.

Ajrakh Hand Block Printed With Natural Dye 'Quilt Stole', India: Stole using…

Coconut Shell Jewellery Box, India: A box finely carved in the shell of young and old coconuts. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the excellent carving skills of the artisan and the beautiful contrast of colours between the dark shell of mature coconuts and the clear shell of the young one. The velvet lining nicely finishes the product.

Coconut Shell Jewellery Box, India: A box finely carved in the shell of young and old coconuts. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the excellent carving skills of the artisan and the beautiful contrast of colours between the dark shell of mature coconuts and the clear shell of the young one. The velvet lining nicely finishes the product.

Lac Jewellery Box, India: Lacquered wooden box richly decorated with Rajasthani traditional patterns. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine embellishments, reflecting the Rajasthan heritage of the master artisans, and praised the smooth finishing of the lac and the very reasonable price of the product.

Lac Jewellery Box, India: Lacquered wooden box richly decorated with Rajasthani traditional patterns. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the fine embellishments, reflecting the Rajasthan heritage of the master artisans, and praised the smooth finishing of the lac and the very reasonable price of the product.

Fruit Bowl (Red Clay), Sri Lanka: The red clay and images on this bowl are traditional and religious themes illustrating the Sri Lankan identity. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the quality of this attractive red clay bowl whose design elements clearly evoke Sri Lanka’s culture.

Fruit Bowl (Red Clay), Sri Lanka: The red clay and images on this bowl are traditional and religious themes illustrating the Sri Lankan identity. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the quality of this attractive red clay bowl whose design elements clearly evoke Sri Lanka’s culture.

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