Handicrafts have always been a remarkable feature of Indian art and crafts. Andhra Pradesh is yet another great site offering ample astounding handicrafts. The artisans still make these extraordinary handicrafts with dexterity. Whether it is needle craft or bronze castings, metal craft or stone craft, Andhra Pradesh has a wide array of handicrafts that can become a part of your lifestyle. The eminence of these handicrafts lies in their traditional method of creation. These handicrafts are loved and adored not only by Indians, but people from all parts of the world. Many inhabitants of the state still rely on the handicraft industry. Scroll down to get more information about the famous handicrafts of Andhra Pradesh.
Banjara Needle Crafts
The embroidery and mirror work, created by the 'Banjaras' (Gypsies) on
fabrics, have become the part of each person's wardrobe in India. These
people employ their dexterity in needle craft and create incredible
designs on clothes. This work of art is known for its intricate and
In Srikakulam district, Budithi is a small village that is known for
its astonishing brassware. The items carved out of alloys range from
traditional to modern ones. The exclusive art articulates in the form of
traditional utensils and contemporary pots. Brass is commonly used to
make the objects. These objects are adorned with geometric patterns and
Durgi Stone Craft
Durgi is a small town, located at a distance of 10 km from Macherla.
The traditional skill of making sculptures is still practiced and taught
at the School of Sculpture and Stone Carving situated here. From
generation to generation, these skills have been passed and the ancient
methods are still observed to create the masterpieces of art.
'Veena' is the one amongst the oldest musical instruments of India. No
composition of Carnatic music is complete without the cadence of this
instrument. Bobbili town is much acclaimed for manufacturing Veena. The
instruments made here are known for their fullness of tone. Moreover,
they are available in different designs and patterns.
Bidri craft is another craft that serves as the pride of Andhra
Pradesh. This unique art of silver inlay on metal has always been
enthralling people with its lure. The historical events reveal that this
craft was brought by Iran migrants to India. The artisans practiced this
art and brought it on the world wide panorama. In the present day, Bidri
craft has been customized to produce cufflinks, name plates and many
Dokra Metal Crafts
Dokra Metal craft is quite prevalent in the tribal regions of Andhra
Pradesh. In Adilabad district, the places like Chittalbori and Ushegaon
are the main promoters of this art. The notable fact about Dokra craft
is that each piece is different from the other. All the objects are
created niftily by hand, boasting of individualistic touch. Dokra craft
produces objects like figurines, horses, drummers, atypical spoons and
Nirmal town of Adilabad district is known for its wide range of
handicrafts. The skilled craftsmen make the objects appear authentic
with their brilliant use of colors and traditional techniques of
creating objects. The colors are extracted from the natural dyes. The
popular 'Moghul' miniatures are made on 'Ponniki', which is a soft white
wood. It is further strengthened with coatings of tamarind seed paste,
fine muslin and pipe clay.
Andhra Pradesh has been known world-wide for its amazing Bronze
castings. These castings require special skills to create incredible
idols. The craftsmen are required to study details of the
'Shilpashastra'. The aesthetics of the idols are made by their physical
measurements, proportions, description of the deity, characteristics and
symbolism. While exercising solid casting of icons, the mould is
prepared by several coatings of different clay on a finished wax model.
This process provides the fine curves to the cast-image.
Kondapalli toys are famous for being eco-friendly and different from
others. Made out of softwood, known as 'Tella Poniki', the toys of
Kondapalli utilize sawdust, tamarind seed powder, enamel gums and
watercolors in their creation. As and when a toy is carved out from
wood, it is further shaped with a paste made of tamarind, wood and
sawdust. After the whole process, 'Sudda' (white lime) is applied on the
toy and then, it is left for a day or two to dry. Subsequently, the
artists paint the toys in different colors, indicating the character of
In Andhra Pradesh, Etikoppaka is famous for its amazing lacquer ware.
This craft involves application of lacquer on wood. Lacquering could be
done either by hand or machine. The hand-lathe is preferred to shape
delicate items. The lac is applied when the objects get arid. In this
process, the lacstick is hard-pressed against the woodenware meant to be
lacquered. Since the object keeps on revolving, the friction generates
heat, which softens the lac and facilitates the color to get stick. With
the help of brush, designs are painted on the figures, objects and toys.
The lac bangle is the most popular lacquerware that also comes
embellished with stones, beads, glass and mirrors.