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					Enchanting Treasures In Wood Works

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Summary:
Woodcraft has played its part in making the Indian handicraft fortune
wealthier and inspite of many environment prevention issues the prospect
of the hand crafted furniture sector in India seems positive.

The wood history Woodcarving is an art and India has been a traditional
producer of woodcarvings furniture for ages. Production of woodcarving is
developed on a commercial scale, which is carried out by many Indian
artisans from generation to generation. India has abundan...


Keywords:
Handicraft, Art & craft


Article Body:
Woodcraft has played its part in making the Indian handicraft fortune
wealthier and inspite of many environment prevention issues the prospect
of the hand crafted furniture sector in India seems positive.

The wood history Woodcarving is an art and India has been a traditional
producer of woodcarvings furniture for ages. Production of woodcarving is
developed on a commercial scale, which is carried out by many Indian
artisans from generation to generation. India has abundant collection of
woodcarved furniture, out of which some has been explored and a lot
remains to be discovered. It has a rich old heritage to crown it's head
which is believed to be the oldest heritage of the world. This has been
adored and preserved by the Indians since time immemorial. The exquisite
furniture range comes in various styles with varying designs, finishes,
colors, shapes etc. The designs and the carvings may be etched on the
back or front, which gives a remarkable and pleasing appearance. The use
of high quality wood enhances the overall functional value and visual
appeal of furniture. In the beginning, shisham was the only wood used by
handicraftsmen. Thereafter some ingenious craftsmen experimented with
teakwood from Nepal and Assam, ebonite from Assam and rosewood from the
South. Struggle for survival forced the wood carving industry to pass
through many critical phases. Changing scenario of industry turned the
craftsmen to many other varieties of woods. Besides traditional shisham,
wood craftsmen have now been using many other varieties of wood depending
upon the suitability of texture, colour, grains of wood for particular
job. For deep under-cutting and sculptural effect teak, rosewood and
walnut are preferred. For low relief, shisham and deodar is used and for
incised design ebony are considered. Rohira, sal, babul, etc are coarse
grained and hard wood used for bold work. Haldu and dudhi are used for
special polychromatic effects. Other most common species of wood being
used by the craftsmen these days are mango wood, tun wood, neem wood, sal
wood, jamun wood, rohira etc.
The opulent Indian Wooden Furniture Treasure Chest

Woodcarving industry is spreaded in majority parts of the country with
some of it's main parts including Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh and more. Woodcraft of Saharanpur is famous all over the
world for its elegance and beauty. Saharanpur is known for vine-leaf
patterns on Sheesham wood. Floral, geometric and figurative carving is
also done here with wood inlay work. Woodworks industry in the North
Eastern region is scattered and the production is confined to a few items
only in a few states. Gujarat has a rich culture for such carving and in
addition to small chairs and tables, the swing, without which no
traditional home is complete, is made. Wood inlay, which developed and
flourished during the Mughal rule, is done with bits of ivory, plastic,
horn, metal pieces or other types of wood into carved surfaces of wooden
items. This kind is found in various parts of the country such as
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Designs of Uttar Pradesh
such as the fretwork, jali or the anguri work are also very popular. The
wood carvers of Madhya Pradesh, with great sensitivity and skill
transform different varieties of wood such as shish, teak, dhudi, sal and
kikar into works of art. Madhya Pradesh is famous for painted and
lacquered wood product such as toys, boxes, bedposts, cradles posts,
flower vases etc. Kashmir is the only state in India, where Walnut trees
and Fine Deodar wood are found. The craftsmen here create intricate
carvings on wood obtained from the walnut tree which is used to make
furniture items like tables, chairs, stools, partitions, trays, book
stands, wall decorations, fruit bowls etc that have rich floral and
trellis patterns carved on them. Rajasthan has its own unique wood
tradition, Barmer is well known for carved furniture. Some furniture
pieces in Barmer like tables, low stools etc has miniature paintings on
them. Carved wood items such as cabinets, screens, chairs, tables,
almirahs, racks etc are also highly decorated over here. Also each region
of Woodcraft in Punjab is into making carved legs of beds and manjis and
boxes. Gwalior, Sheopur-Kalan, Rewa and Budhni are main centers of wood
lacquering. Uttar Pradesh has many craft centers engaged in making
different items out of wood. Mainpuri is famous for woodwork on ebony or
black sheesham inlaid with brass wire. Banaras is known for lacquered
toys and miniature utensils for children to play with.

India is the second largest supplier of bamboo and West Bengal is known
for its creativity and artisans of the State specialized in creating
everyday and fancy articles from bamboo and cane. Cane and Bamboo occupy
a distinctive place in the life of Tripura too. Furniture made of cane,
Baskets knitted out of cane and bamboo strips are some of the well-known
craft produce from the Tripura, which are always on demand. Karnataka,
Kerala and Tamil Nadu too, have their distinct wood carving traditions.
Karnataka is famous for carvings and decorative pieces made from
sandalwood. Sandalwood items like, boxes, trays, key chains, small
figurines are not only carved tastefully but they also give out subtle
smell of sandal. West Bengal and Kerala are known for items made from the
wood obtained from coconut tree. Great prospects for Indian wooden
furniture in the foreign markets The Indian furniture industry is a non-
organised sector with the production of Handicraft accounting to around
85%. The furniture industry is estimated to provide employment to around
300,000 workers in India. As a rural and cottage industry, it provides
employment to lakhs of people from the weaker sections of society. The
skill of the wood workers of India is not only restricted to domestic use
but has gain immense popularity in the foreign export markets. The
industry has extended to the fashioning of panels, cabinets, doors,
windows, temples and furniture. The taste of the people are moving more
towards the antique kind of furniture and a variety of experiments are
been carried out with designs by the Indian artisans to cleverly blend
the traditional and modern woodcraft items suiting today's decor.
Exquisite designs, attractive colours, unmatched workmanship and subtle
elegance are the distinguishing features, which have put Indian hand
crafted furniture on world map.

Steadily climbing the popularity chart the market potential for furniture
has reached approximately to US" 240,007.40 million in 2005. This sector
has more potential for earning substantial foreign exchange. Low capital
investments, higher value addition and highly labour intensive are
highlights that make the sector significant for the country's economy.
These items found good market in Central European countries, United
States of America, England, Russia and UAE. Japan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar
has also emerged as new consumers for the country.

Central and State governments have been paying extraordinary attention to
ensure high growth rate and development of this industry. They are also
proving funds to many small businesses to help them flourish in the
market. Also the Indian government is continuously taking steps to
minimize entry-exit barriers for foreign companies. Liberal policies for
foreign equity participation and foreign direct investments have given a
further boost to the sector. Woodcraft has played its part in making the
Indian handicraft fortune wealthier and inspite of many environment
prevention issues the prospect of the hand crafted furniture sector in
India seems positive. India presents a favourable outlook to sell this
kind of furniture and one expects this sector to grow further in the
coming years.

				
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