Indian Art and Crafts
People working and making Indian art and crafts - The model showing Indian artisans painting miniature art and crafts.
Standard definition says that art “refers to a diverse variety
of human creations, activities, and expressions that are either appealing
or attractive to the finer senses or bear some impact to the mind of
an individual.” Accordingly, art encompasses a huge range of forms,
visual and performing. A craft on the other hand is a skill, especially
involving performing arts. It may denote a trade or particular art form.
It is bliss to view a compilation of art and craft in the Pictures India
stock images. These pictures have covered a large variety of art and
craft forms, suggesting great standards of creativity.
Arts and crafts define the cultural layers of a particular place, community
and race. In fact every corner of the world reflects certain specialties
and typicality, representing the character of the region and its people.
India, being a multicultural nation, is home to multiple cultural strata
of cultures and traditions. What more to expect here than a huge array
of cultural products, both in the visual as well as the performing zones?
Talking about the visual arts of India, they are several and varied
as are its cultural backgrounds. Each corner of this subcontinent oozes
with a beauty of culture and tradition. The various items representing
particular regions of the country have been encased in the collection
Visual art can be defined as the display of forms, colors, or other
elements in a fashion that relates to the sense of beauty, distinctively
the production of the beautiful through a graphic, plastic or any other
type of medium. Wollheim describes the nature of art as “one of
the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture”.
It has been distinguished as a medium for the communication or expression
of ideas and emotions, a way to allow one to explore and appreciate
formal elements as they are, and as imitation or representation. Talking
of various media as means of expression, terracotta is one of the most
popular and ancient options among India sculptors and artisans. The
various terracotta figures and statues that have been photographed by
the Pictures India lensmen, speak of originality of Indian art form.
Terracotta or the potter’s craft has its origin in India as early
as the days of Mohenjodaro (2500 B.C). The artistic representations
on these items of the yore indicate them to be pieces of excellent craftsmanship.
In India, terracotta would possibly be the embodiment of Indian religious
expression imparted through clay. One can easily refer to pottery and
clayware as particularly utilitarian and often ornamental. Terracotta
sculptures were found in abundance in temples. Proper structural forms
were gradually evolved such as cast bricks and tiles contrived in artistic
Available in colors like red, brown, pink, and dark and light gray,
terracotta items have a universal appeal. They are suited for adornment
of a living room as much for the office décor. The dolls and
figurines; decorative lanterns and idols; pots and wall hangings; wind
chimes and toys – all made of clay are unique in their appearance
and make. The exclusive paintings on the pots and vases displaying splashes
of gorgeous colors and hues are wonderful to look at. Also the terracotta
paintings depicting women, faces and expressions are equally unique.
The state of West Bengal probably has the best and age old tradition
of terracotta art. Most of these statuettes have a ritualistic undertone.
The Bankura horse, heavily decorated, is made of rich red clay. Some
of the best terracotta figures are found in Birbhum, Murshidabad, Hooghly
Jute, another important ingredient for creating culturally artistic
items in India, is used in abundance in various parts of India. Produced
predominantly in Eastern India, jute products find place in at least
one corner of every citizen’s house. Starting from pot holders
to mobile holders to low stools to coasters to little dolls and show
pieces, the jute items bear a sense of ethnicity and add a traditional
value to the setting. One of the cheapest natural fibers available,
strangely enough, jute defines aristocracy and ethnicity at the same
Items of bamboo and cane are not much behind the jute ones though.
In fact they go side by side, if not ahead. The pot holders, flower
baskets, fruit baskets and a huge array of showpieces that have been
arrested in the camera, also enhance your room’s beauty.
Art is more often than not intended to appeal and associate with various
facets of human emotion. Craft is the handiwork of people, done aesthetically,
imparting a touch of elegance and beauty to it. The measure of skill
that an artist or sculptor has, will affect their talent to prompt an
emotional response and thus provide novel insights, the knack to control
them at will certifies exemplary skill and determination and the artistic
expressions through various media caught in the Pictures India images
Applique wall hanging is amazing work of art and craft.
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