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Leather Applique Work on Bamboo Mesh - The Grace of Tripura

(Leather Applique on Bamboo Mesh from Tripura by Store Utsav)
Tripura, one of the seven northeastern sister states of India, is known as the hub for cane and bamboo crafts. Its unique topography and the bounties of nature make cane, bamboo, and wood plentiful in the area. Because of the abundance, the skilled artisans turn these bamboo and cane into distinctive art forms, such as furniture, fashion accessories, decorations, utensils, etc. Made completely from hands, these elaborate crafts are stunning. One of the most popular picks from these is the bamboo or cane mesh with leather appliqué. Bamboo mesh is handmade separately. It is sold by the meter in Tripura. Its price depends upon the fineness of splits, the width of the mat, and the color of the thread. Some of the finest quality bamboo meshes go into the creation of the leather appliqué wall or door hangings. The beauty of leather appliqué on cane mesh reconfirms the faith in the immortality of art. Hindu deities an…

Terracotta Handicrafts - A Story of Indian Legacy

(Store Utsav Terracotta Bell from Rajasthan)
The term 'terracotta' has a Latin origin with 'terra-cotta' literally meaning 'baked earth.' Terracotta art is practiced in many parts of the world. In India, this craft form exists on an elevated level mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and West Bengal. Of these, Rajasthan followed by West Bengal are the two most popular hubs for terracotta craft creation and trade. Carved with passion and precision, the traditional Rajasthan terracotta works are the sensual depictions by the nature worshipers. Rajasthan's terrain is rough and challenging. The nature has been very stingy with its bounty to the people here. Still, lively in spirit, the Rajasthani artists express their love and desire for Mother Nature through their exquisite terracotta art. Practicing the terracotta craft through generation, often the whole family is involved in the occupation.
The terracotta potters use two types of clay, col…