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Bidri Art and Crafts
About Andhra Pradesh
Located in the southeastern coast of India, Andhra Pradesh is the fourth largest state of India in terms of area. Hyderabad, the city of ‘Nizams’, is the lovely capital city of the state famous for its ‘Hyderabadi Biryani’, the ‘Char Minar’ and lots other things. The state is also popular for attractive destinations like Vizag, Tirupati, Warangal, Kurnool and many other beautiful places for vacation. Amongst other things, the state is in demand for its handicrafts, which has a wide market reaching far away international countries.
Golkonda fort Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh
Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts
Local crafts of any part of India are capable of creating genius products. Likewise, Andhra Pradesh also has the distinction of having some very special and important categories of handicraft products made all over the state by its artistic craftsmen.
Different categories of Andhra Pradesh handicrafts:
Pearl Jewelry Bidri
Banjara Needle Crafts
Dokra Metal Crafts
Kalamkari and Block Printed Fabrics
Hyderabad, the capital is known for use of pearls in jewelry, which are very famous and exported world over. Bidri craft, the silver inlay on metal, is another famous craft of Andhra.
The Banjara Needle Crafts is a popular form of handicraft, which includes embroidery and mirror work. This work is beautifully done on cloths to create colorful intricate designs.
Budithi Brassware is the interesting work of brassware where they make beautiful items from alloys. The name of the craft is so because it originated in the small town of Budithi in Andhra Pradesh. This art comes from the tribal region of the state and is created by hand, thereby providing an individualistic touch to the art form.
Dokra craft creates objects like tribal Gods, figurines, horses, drummers, and so on. Andhra Pradesh creates some amazing Bronze Castings and some incredible idols. They use solid casting of icons and prepare the mould by several coatings of different clay on a finished wax models to create fine curves to the cast-image.
The state also produces some amazing work of Lacquer Ware, which is the application of lacquer on wood. This work can be done by hand or even machine. Lac is used on objects and they are kept aside to get dry. Later, the objects or figures are designed and colored with brush.
Folk Paintings are a very ancient form of art in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, the folk paintings were related to mythology and religion. However, the trend is changing with time to other things as well.
The art of Kalamkari is to paint on fabrics by using pen. Even this form of craft had early works dedicated to religious designs. Woodcarving is a complex form of art that require high skills and lot of patience.
Andhra Pradesh offers all this and much more in terms of handicrafts. The state is a treasured possession of unique and varied crafts and art forms.
Manufacturers of Andhra Pradesh handicrafts:
1. Sheelas is a Hyderabad based private firm working on hard-core selling and manufacturing of handicrafts.
2. Avritha Trading & Services Pvt Ltd, another Hyderabad based firm, are the pioneers engaged in trading and manufacturing of handicraft products.
These handicraft manufacturers offer services that are efficient and reliable.
Exporters or export industry of Andhra Pradesh handicrafts:
There are a number of exporters who are working on exporting the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts to all over the world and to promote it in every possible way. Besides government undertakings there are a lot many private and semi government firms too, which are constantly working on the gaining more and more profits by exporting Andhra handicrafts.
1. The Andhra Pradesh handicrafts development corporation limited is one such government initiative that works on export promotion. The Corporation participates in many trade fairs at international market so as to review the demand for Andhra Pradesh handicrafts. Moreover, they also search for possibilities to get into the export market by increasing the production base of these crafts.
2. Some other organisations are another such State government undertaking that works for promotion, development and marketing of handicrafts. In addition, they also implements several schemes for the welfare of artisans.
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Andhra Pradesh handicrafts have a huge export market that is spread across the European Continent, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. These handicrafts are exported to countries like UK, Spain, Belgium, and Sweden in Europe. Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand are the countries where these goods reach in South East. In the Middle Eastern countries there is huge demand of Indian handicrafts in countries like Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE. Moreover, the African countries are also getting added in the list with countries like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda are receiving Indian handicrafts, especially crafts of Andhra Pradesh along with other export materials.