Maharashtra is a state that boasts of rich cultural heritage and legacy. Infact, its culture represents an amalgamation of different communities, religions, castes, and the like. Apart from that, there is another thing that reflects the vivacious spirit of the state and that is nothing but, its exquisite arts and crafts. Be it the cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora or the beautiful jewelry of Kolhapur, the handicrafts of Maharashtra truly reflect the rich past of the state. So, if you want to know about the historical legcacy of the sate, start by exploring its arts and crafts. To help you with this, we have provided information about the major handicrafts of Maharashtra below:
Kolhapur is a growing city situated in the southernmost part of
Maharashtra. Apart from being renowned as the 'seat' of Goddess
Mahalaxmi, the city is known for being home to artisans that make
excellent jewelry. Infact, it has an entirely different style of jewelry
making, known as Kolhapur jewelry.
Kolhapur is one of the few cities in Maharashtra that are renowned for
being home to rich arts and crafts. Amongst its most popular crafts are
its beautiful jewelry and extremely comfortable chappals (slippers). The
chappals and sandals produced in the city are handmade.
Maharashtra is home to a large number of tribes, most of which are
found residing around the Deccan region. Apart from their distinct
culture and lifestyle, the tribal people of the state are also known for
making a number of handicrafts. Amongst the popular folk crafts of the
tribes are the Warli paintings.
Mashru and Himroo
Amongst the main districts of Maharashtra that are known for exquisite
handicrafts is Aurangabad. The most famous crafts of the city comprise
of Bidriware, Mashru and Himroo crafts. Talking about the Mashru and
Himroo crafts, both of them are fabrics that are made of cotton and
Sawantwadi is the name of a small taluka in the Sindhudurg district of
Maharashtra. The taluka is mainly known for being associated with the
craft of lacquer ware, popularly known as the Sawantwadi craft. The
craft was introduced in the Sawantwadi somewhere around the end of the
Paithani is a variety of sari, manufactured in the Paithan region of
Maharashtra. Paithani saris are handmade, from the finest quality of
silk, and are considered to be one of the richest saris in the state.
The art of making these sarees goes back to more than 2000 years ago.
Narayan Peth saris are the traditional sarees of Maharashtra. They are
made in the Sholapur region of the state and are popular throughout the
country. The fabric used for making this sari is silk. Narayan Peth
saris have a zari border, usually with 'rudraksha' motifs, and are woven
Ajanta caves, situated near the Aurangabad city of Maharashtra, are
known for their beautiful paintings across the world. The paintings seen
there have been found to belong to the fused art style of China and
Japan. They were painted by Buddhist monks who used to dwell inside the
caves and revolve around the Buddhist themes only.
Bidriware or the Birdri craft is one of the most popular handicrafts of
Maharashtra. It has been in existence since ages and found patrons
amongst the Mughal rulers. Initially used for embellishing royal swords
and other weapons, the craft later spread to domestic items like cigars
and cigarette boxes. The typical items adorned with bidriware are
plates, bowls, vases, ashtrays, trinket boxes, hukka bases, jewelry,
glass and studded bangles, etc.