Sikkim is renowned for its dazzling and appealing beauty. The charm of this state is ever enticing and no one can abstain from its allure. In fact, Sikkim is resplendent with not only its natural beauty but with its art and craft too. The cultural richness of Sikkim is visible in its quality handicrafts. The Government of Sikkim is making constant efforts to keep the arts & crafts alive. Keeping the idea in mind, the Govt. has established Handicraft and Handloom Institute, to preserve and promote traditional cottage art and craft of genuine Sikkimese design.
The institution is a reservoir of eye-catching handicraft and handlooms
like carpets, wood carved furniture, thankas and canvas wall hangings.
Sikkimese carpets are especially known for being hand knotted with
artistic designs. The handicrafts of Sikkim have a kind of appeal in
them, whether it is fantastic woven carpet or amazing 'choktse' table,
everything is just wonderful. People from India as well as abroad,
stroll the markets to grab hold of the crafts of Sikkim. In the
following lines, we have tried to give a glimpse of Sikkimese
Sikkimese' practice of weaving is probably the oldest form of carpet
weaving in the world. The women of the Bhutia community are said to be
expert carpet weavers. The traditional pattern of weaving requires a
frame loom. The exclusive manner of weaving, by the hard-working
artisans of Sikkim, appears in the designs of striking carpets.
The wood carving in Sikkim is symbolic of true art of India. Throughout
Sikkim, one can trace monasteries and buildings, festooned with symbols
and icons carved in wood. The mask dance of Sikkim is also portrayed in
wood carvings. You can find superb masks made out of wood and papier-mâché.
Pemayangtse Monastery is a fine specimen of carved wooden sculptures and
Thangka Paintings are unique to the state of Sikkim. Initially, these
paintings were the only medium to preach the highest ideals of Buddhism.
'Thangkas' are usually made on cotton canvas with a frame of silk. These
paintings portray images of different Gods, Goddesses and philosophies
related to Buddhism. Originally, paintings were made by priests and
monks, later the skills got passed from generation to generation. Today,
commercialization of this art is helping monasteries and practitioners
to earn a living.
The native Sikkimese weaves various striking designs and patterns. They
weave woolen blankets, bags, shawls and jackets with the reflection of
their mastery over the art. The 'thankas' (traditional tapestry),
leather works, dolls, multicolored applique work, batiks, a fine
collection of dolls and a range of fashionable garments are the
additional specialties of Sikkim. To develop and promote such
industries, the government has established an institute of cottage
industries. The local handicrafts are available here on sale.
Choktse is a kind of foldable table and has become a special product of
Sikkim. Choktse Tables are renowned here as well as outside India. These
tables are made in different designs and dimensions.