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South India Handicrafts

Talk about rich cultural heritage, and your mind immediately travels to South India. The Deccan Land is blessed with plethora of regal tradition and heritage. Southern India’s cultural splendor is reflected in its handicrafts, which makes it a heaven for every shopaholic. India is globally recognized for its hand-made artifacts and Indian handicrafts have always been an attraction for tourists from all around the world. South India is yet another major region of India that offers astonishing handicrafts. The traditional and colourful handicraft items from here are quite popular among the tourists.

South India region comprises of the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana, as well as the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry.  It’s amazing to see how each region has developed its unique style of manufacturing its handicrafts. Let’s flip through some of the Southern regions and find out what crafts are they famous for.

Wood Carving – The ecological condition of Karnataka is majorly dependent on its huge forest reserves which in turn generates huge amount of wood. As a result, you will find the usage of woods dominant in Karnataka’s architecture as well as handicrafts. The carvings on the wood are so detailed and intricate that the onlooker is bound to remain awestruck by the fineness. The best of wood carving art can be witnessed in ancient palaces and temples of Karnataka.

Stone and Ivory Carving – Take a walk into the temples of Karnataka, and we vouch you are going to fall in love with each one of them; for one reason that they are all beautiful but also because of their brilliantly carved stone statues and exquisite ivory work.

Sandalwood mementos – Sandalwood crafts have quite remarkably occupied a market place in Karnataka and created a special keep-sake idea in the minds of tourists.

Chennai is not just the capital of Tamil Nadu, but is also the hub of wide range of Silk Sarees. Other handicrafts that are famous in Tamil Nadu are Kanchipuram silk sarees, fine mats, items made from palm leaves and Palmyra fibres, brass and bronze statues, metal ware, hand woven clothes, amazing paintings, cotton and silk fabrics, stone sculptures and beautiful jewellery.

Kerala has developed a market place in the world of garments mainly decorated with lace and embroidery. The state is also famous for its Gold and Silver Jewellery, Snake Boats made of Ivory, a huge variety of spices, bamboo mat paintings, wood carvings, metal made idols, sandalwood objects, kathakali dolls etc.

Pondicherry is famed for its perfumed candles, incense sticks, handmade paper5, pottery, leather items, pickles, elegant Khadi garments etc.

Along with serving as beautiful decorative items, these handicrafts also work up as a livelihood to most of the artisans. Be it a needle craft or bronze castings, metal craft or stone craft- handicraft industry is one of the finest industries in south India. The journey to the Deccans is incomplete without sneaking a glimpse of its magnificent handicrafts showcasing the hard-work and excellence of the artisans.

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