International Crafts Mela
Celebrated at: Surajkund, Distance Faridabad, Haryana-India
Celebrated during: 1st to 15th February
Main attractions: Rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions
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Rajasthan, recognized by its Royal heritage is a prominent and well-established craft industry. Craft remains a tradition in Rajasthan, preserved over centuries by the stronghold of the Royal Rajput family. Within the craft industry are smaller occupations. These include, fabric colouration and embellishment, decorative painting and puppetry. Craft workers see this not as an occupation, but rather a mark of respect to their heritage. In the process of fabric colouration, woven fabrics are treated by methods such as tie-dyeing, resist dyeing and direct application. The dupatta worn by women show the popularity of dyeing. In 2008, traditional Jodhpur garments inspired designer Raghavendra Rathore‘s collection, Rathore Jodhpur.Fabric dyeing belongs to the Chippa caste of Rajasthan. Fabrics are embellished with mirror embroidery, symbolic to Rajasthan and wooden beading once dyed. The trend of mirror embroidery is also visible on dupattas in Punjab, known as the phulkari. Decorative patterns adorn all surfaces in Rajasthan. Interiors of homes are painted with floral motifs; similar bindi (dotted) designs are seen on garments. The clipped camel is unique to Rajasthan. In this, patterns are imprinted on the hide of the camel, taken place during the Pushkar and Nagaur festivals by the Rabari caste.Puppetry and theatre has remained a popular form of entertainment in Rajasthan. Recently, its popularity has reduced with increased interest in film and television amongst rural communities. The nat bhat caste produces these marionette style puppets. Facial expressions are painted on a mango wood head and the body is covered in decorative, Rajasthani clothing. The strings loosely bind the arms and torso together to give flexibility for movement. These puppets usually perform in legends and mythology conveying a moral message. The Rajasthani craft industry is iconic to the identity of India with many of its styles reaching the international market. Tie-dyeing is an example of how international fashion aesthetics have rooted from simple crafts methods of Rajasthan
Handicrafts Of India
Now-a-days, in our 21st century, we are busy honing or practicing our skills related to Science & Technology, Sports, and Entertainment etc. etc. But amidst this jungle of modern skills we are forgetting or neglecting a very special skill in which India is very rich. That special skill is Handicrafts. In India Handicraft has been practiced from times immemorial. For many people this skill is being transferred from generation to generation. But in contemporary times, this skill is not being recognized much and needs to be promoted.
In India every state has a specialty in Handicrafts. People in Rajasthan excel in Marble and Wooden work. People from the Southern Part of India possess the talent to carve out crafts from Black Marble, Granite and Wood. People from regions in and around Uttar Pradesh take pride for their talent in Embroidery Work and also Metal Work.
It’s our responsibility to promote this skill in front of the whole world so that people from other parts of the world also come to know or appreciate our talent. And also it is very important to promote this skill as this would ensure all these talented people of our country a better lifestyle.