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Enchanting Treasures In Wood Works

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Summary:
Woodcraft has played its part in ma
king the Indian handicraft fortune
wealthier and inspite of many envir
onment prevention issues the prospe
ct of the hand crafted furniture se
ctor in India seems positive.

The wood history Woodcarving is an
art and India has been a traditiona
l producer of woodcarvings furnitur
e for ages. Production of woodcarvi
ng is developed on a commercial sca
le, which is carried out by many In
dian artisans from generation to ge
neration. India has abundan...


Keywords:
Handicraft, Art & craft


Article Body:
Woodcraft has played its part in ma
king the Indian handicraft fortune
wealthier and inspite of many envir
onment prevention issues the prospe
ct of the hand crafted furniture se
ctor in India seems positive.

The wood history Woodcarving is an
art and India has been a traditiona
l producer of woodcarvings furnitur
e for ages. Production of woodcarvi
ng is developed on a commercial sca
le, which is carried out by many In
dian artisans from generation to ge
neration. India has abundant collec
tion of woodcarved furniture, out o
f 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 t
he Indians since time immemorial. T
he exquisite furniture range comes
in various styles with varying desi
gns, finishes, colors, shapes etc.
The designs and the carvings may be
 etched on the back or front, which
 gives a remarkable and pleasing ap
pearance. The use of high quality w
ood enhances the overall functional
 value and visual appeal of furnitu
re. In the beginning, shisham was t
he only wood used by handicraftsmen
. Thereafter some ingenious craftsm
en experimented with teakwood from
Nepal and Assam, ebonite from Assam
 and rosewood from the South. Strug
gle for survival forced the wood ca
rving industry to pass through many
 critical phases. Changing scenario
 of industry turned the craftsmen t
o many other varieties of woods. Be
sides traditional shisham, wood cra
ftsmen have now been using many oth
er varieties of wood depending upon
 the suitability of texture, colour
, grains of wood for particular job
. For deep under-cutting and sculpt
ural effect teak, rosewood and waln
ut are preferred. For low relief, s
hisham and deodar is used and for i
ncised design ebony are considered.
 Rohira, sal, babul, etc are coarse
 grained and hard wood used for bol
d work. Haldu and dudhi are used fo
r special polychromatic effects. Ot
her most common species of wood bei
ng used by the craftsmen these days
 are mango wood, tun wood, neem woo
d, 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. Woodcraf
t of Saharanpur is famous all over
the world for its elegance and beau
ty. Saharanpur is known for vine-le
af patterns on Sheesham wood. Flora
l, geometric and figurative carving
 is also done here with wood inlay
work. Woodworks industry in the Nor
th Eastern region is scattered and
the production is confined to a few
 items only in a few states. Gujara
t has a rich culture for such carvi
ng and in addition to small chairs
and tables, the swing, without whic
h no traditional home is complete,
is made. Wood inlay, which develope
d and flourished during the Mughal
rule, is done with bits of ivory, p
lastic, horn, metal pieces or other
 types of wood into carved surfaces
 of wooden items. This kind is foun
d in various parts of the country s
uch as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pr
adesh and Delhi. Designs of Uttar P
radesh such as the fretwork, jali o
r the anguri work are also very pop
ular. The wood carvers of Madhya Pr
adesh, with great sensitivity and s
kill transform different varieties
of wood such as shish, teak, dhudi,
 sal and kikar into works of art. M
adhya Pradesh is famous for painted
 and lacquered wood product such as
 toys, boxes, bedposts, cradles pos
ts, flower vases etc. Kashmir is th
e only state in India, where Walnut
 trees and Fine Deodar wood are fou
nd. The craftsmen here create intri
cate carvings on wood obtained from
 the walnut tree which is used to m
ake furniture items like tables, ch
airs, stools, partitions, trays, bo
ok stands, wall decorations, fruit
bowls etc that have rich floral and
 trellis patterns carved on them. R
ajasthan has its own unique wood tr
adition, Barmer is well known for c
arved furniture. Some furniture pie
ces in Barmer like tables, low stoo
ls etc has miniature paintings on t
hem. Carved wood items such as cabi
nets, screens, chairs, tables, almi
rahs, racks etc are also highly dec
orated over here. Also each region of Woo
 beds and manjis and boxes. Gwalior
, Sheopur-Kalan, Rewa and Budhni ar
e main centers of wood lacquering.
Uttar Pradesh has many craft center
s engaged in making different items
 out of wood. Mainpuri is famous fo
r woodwork on ebony or black sheesh
am inlaid with brass wire. Banaras
is known for lacquered toys and min
iature utensils for children to pla
y with.

India is the second largest supplie
r of bamboo and West Bengal is know
n for its creativity and artisans o
f the State specialized in creating
 everyday and fancy articles from b
amboo and cane. Cane and Bamboo occ
upy a distinctive place in the life
 of Tripura too. Furniture made of
cane, Baskets knitted out of cane a
nd bamboo strips are some of the we
ll-known craft produce from the Tri
pura, which are always on demand. K
arnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu too
, have their distinct wood carving
traditions. Karnataka is famous for
 carvings and decorative pieces mad
e from sandalwood. Sandalwood items
 like, boxes, trays, key chains, sm
all figurines are not only carved t
astefully but they also give out su
btle smell of sandal. West Bengal a
nd Kerala are known for items made
from the wood obtained from coconut
 tree. Great prospects for Indian w
ooden furniture in the foreign mark
ets The Indian furniture industry i
s a non- organised sector with the
production of Handicraft accounting
 to around 85%. The furniture indus
try is estimated to provide employm
ent to around 300,000 workers in In
dia. As a rural and cottage industr
y, it provides employment to lakhs
of people from the weaker sections
of society. The skill of the wood w
orkers of India is not only restric
ted to domestic use but has gain im
mense popularity in the foreign exp
ort markets. The industry has exten
ded to the fashioning of panels, ca
binets, doors, windows, temples and
 furniture. The taste of the people
 are moving more towards the antiqu
e kind of furniture and a variety o
f 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, a
ttractive colours, unmatched workma
nship and subtle elegance are the d
istinguishing features, which have
put Indian hand crafted furniture on worl

Steadily climbing the popularity ch
art the market potential for furnit
ure has reached approximately to US
" 240,007.40 million in 2005. This
sector has more potential for earni
ng substantial foreign exchange. Lo
w capital investments, higher value
 addition and highly labour intensi
ve are highlights that make the sec
tor significant for the country's e
conomy. These items found good mark
et in Central European countries, U
nited States of America, England, R
ussia and UAE. Japan, Sri Lanka and
 Myanmar has also emerged as new co
nsumers for the country.

Central and State governments have
been paying extraordinary attention
 to ensure high growth rate and dev
elopment of this industry. They are
 also proving funds to many small b
usinesses to help them flourish in
the market. Also the Indian governm
ent is continuously taking steps to
 minimize entry-exit barriers for f
oreign companies. Liberal policies
for foreign equity participation an
d foreign direct investments have g
iven a further boost to the sector.
 Woodcraft has played its part in m
aking the Indian handicraft fortune
 wealthier and inspite of many envi
ronment prevention issues the prosp
ect of the hand crafted furniture s
ector in India seems positive. Indi
a presents a favourable outlook to
sell this kind of furniture and one
 expects this sector to grow furthe
r in the coming years.

								
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