Adilabad, the city of cotton, finds its excellence in natural beauty. Perhaps this splendor drives the creative instinct of the area-dwellers to produce beautiful handicrafts. Infact, the arts and crafts of Adilabad district have brought the county on the Map of Indian handicrafts. Be it miniature paintings or interesting wooden toys, antiques or eco-friendly friendly curios, the district boasts of numerous arts & crafts. Nirmal, a town that is synonymous for spectacularly beautiful paintings, range of handicrafts and wooden toys, is to be found in Adilabad district of India. Ushagham is another remote village in the expanse that made its mark with Dokhra handicrafts. This is actually an ancient art form originated by the tribals of the village.
Nirmal town is known for its amazing paintings, exclusive handicrafts
and wooden toys. The distinction held so high that the curios were named
after the town itself. The artisans still follow the conventional
methods and techniques to create splendid art works. In case of
paintings, 'Nakkash' has been the main community, which has contributed
to the art and painted brilliant scenes from the Hindu epics like the
Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
In the primeval period, Mughal rulers got really fascinated about these
paintings. Later, Lady Hydri brought the painters to Hyderabad and
endorsed this art for development. Till date, the colors employed in
this painting are formed form minerals, gums and herbs. With changing
patterns, the craftsmen are painting different themes and motifs too.
Mughal miniatures are reproduced skillfully on soft white wood, known as
'Ponniki', by the dexterous artisans.
Acknowledged as the land of toys, Nirmal also leads in the manufacture
of really good wooden toys. The interesting fact is that in the earlier
times, the art form developed with locally available material. Apart
from toys, you can also see a range of curios like bangles, jewelry
boxes, decorative pieces, etc. The indigenous art of Nirmal developed
considering the modern taste, but never compromised on the traditional
Dokhra handicrafts are known for their exclusive designing. Initiated
by the tribals of Ushagham village, the handicrafts are produced with
the help of metal. The process involves hot molten metal, which is
further shaped to produce attractive things. Usually the craftsmen
create replicas of animals & birds and figures of Gods &