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Home>>North India>>Himachal-Pradesh>>Arts & Crafts of Himachal Pradesh

Arts & Crafts of Himachal Pradesh

Bronze Sculptures, Bronze Sculptures art and craft, Bronze Sculptures art of Himachal Pradesh, Bronze Sculptures Bronze Sculptures

Studios in Chatarahadi, Bharmaur and Bojora have produced several beautiful bronze sculptures in the past.

Dalshone and Cholamba Dances

These dances belong to the Ropa valley and in these the patterns formed by the dancers look similar to coiled serpents.

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Dand Ras and Dangi Dances, Dand Ras and Dangi Dances art and craft, Dand Ras and Dangi Dances art of Himachal Pradesh Dand Ras and Dangi Dances

The Dangi dances is a dance form of the Chamba area. It is performed at festivals, weddings and during Jatara by the Gaddi women, in lines and semi circular patterns.

Demon Dance

These dances from the Kinnaur area are reminiscent of the pre-historic period.

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Embroidery, Embroidery art and craft, Embroidery art of Himachal Pradesh, Embroidery Arts & Crafts In Himachal Pradesh Embroidery

Embroidery seems to be the favourite pastime of pahari women, their nimble fingers busy with needle and thread on lazy afternoons.

Garments & Accessories

Himachalis simply love to dress up. Their everyday wear is so colourful that you'd think that they were dressed up for a festive occasion.

Garments & Accessories, Garments & Accessories art and craft, Garments & Accessories art of Himachal Pradesh, Garments
Jataru Kayang, Jataru Kayang art and craft, Jataru Kayang art of Himachal Pradesh, Jataru Kayang Arts & Crafts In Himachal Jataru Kayang

As the musician play upon their instruments the leader of the dance, dances with a traditional Charmer in his hands the charmer becomes a great source of resentment and leads to fights among the dancers.

Jewellery

Jewellery is still a popular product of the Himachal silversmiths. And although the designs are still traditional, the ornaments are lighter and more practical.

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Jhoori, Jhoori art and craft, Jhoori art of Himachal Pradesh, Jhoori Arts & Crafts In Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh

Jhoori,Gi, Swang Tegi and Rasa Dances

The Gee dance of Sirmaur is performed during the festival of Lohri. Singers stand in a curve with instrumentalists while individual dancers (boys or girls) rise one by one to dance to the music.

Kangra School of Paintings

Under the ambitious Sansar Chand (1775-1823), the Kangra School flourished happily. It is said that Sansar's love for a gaddi (a tribe of Chamba-Kangra region) maiden drove him to commission the paintings.

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Keekali and Bhangra, Keekali and Bhangra art and craft, Keekali and Bhangra art of Himachal Pradesh, Keekali and Bhangra Keekali and Bhangra

The Keekali (Kikli) dance is a dance of young girls and is danced playfully in twos. The girls hold hands crosswise and rotate fast on their toes, singing songs.

Leathercraft

Traditional Chamba chappals (slippers), plain or embroidered, are exceptionally comfortable to wear.

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Mala Dance, Mala Dance art and craft, Mala Dance art of Himachal Pradesh, Mala Dance Arts & Crafts In Himachal Pradesh Mala Dance

The Kayang Mala dance is very admired in Himachal. In this, the dancers dressed in their traditional finery, weave their arms, together to form a sort of a criss-cross pattern so that, they appear like beads in an intricately woven garland.

Metalwork

Metalcraft is one of the most ancient and developed crafts of Himachal Pradesh. The traditional metals are pure copper and silver. Local craftsmenship in casting, ornamenting and engraving, show great skill, delicacy and taste.

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Nagas Kayang, Nagas Kayang art and craft, Nagas Kayang art of Himachal Pradesh, Nagas Kayang Arts & Crafts In Himachal Nagas Kayang

The Nagas Kayang is a dance which copies the movement of a snake. The Herki Kayang is faster in tempo and is danced to a romantic song.

Nati Dance

The Naati of Kullu is an all time favourite with the people. Dancers link their hands and move in step to varying rhythms (there are 13 styles in all).

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Nuala, Nuala art and craft, Nuala art of Himachal Pradesh, Nuala Arts & Crafts In Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh Nuala

Nuala is a folk dance of the Chamba valley. In this a garland is placed upon a pedestal as Shiva's garland and around it many dance dramas depicting scenes from the life of Lord Shiva are enacted.
 

Painting

To say that HP has a rich tradition of painting would be an understatement. While museums and art galleries preserve the famous miniature paintings of the region, traditional ritual paintings can be seen in most village houses, on the floors and walls.

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Rugs & Carpets, Rugs & Carpets art and craft, Rugs & Carpets art of Himachal Pradesh, Rugs & Carpets Arts & Crafts Rugs & Carpets

Brilliant hues, dragons, a garuda on a flowering tree and swastikas for luck are traditional patterns found on carpets from Himachal Pradesh.

Shan and Shabu Dances

These are two well-liked dances of the Lahaul valley people and are danced at the Buddhist Gompas in the memory of the Buddha.

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Shawls, Shawls art and craft, Shawls art of Himachal Pradesh, Shawls Arts & Crafts In Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh Shawls

Extremely fine and valuable shawls are a speciality of Himachal and Kashmir. They are greatly sought after by tourists from all over the world.
 

Stonework

Thanks to the fair variety of stone found in this hilly region, stone carving has been explored to the fullest in Himachal. Numerous shikhara (spired) stone temples dot the landscape.

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The Kangra style of Paintings, The Kangra style of Paintings art and craft, The Kangra style of Paintings art of Himachal The Kangra style of Paintings

The Kangra style is by far the most poetic and lyrical of Indian styles, says art historian J. C. Harle.His favourite subject here is 'the idealization of woman, in flowing sari, head half-covered with a shawl, demure but stately, passionate and shy'.
 

The Pahari Paintings of Mid-17th Century

The early Pahari paintings of the mid-17th century were in the Basholi style (dubbed so because of its association with the king of Basholi).

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Wood Carving, Wood Carving art and craft, Wood Carving art of Himachal Pradesh, Wood Carving Arts & Crafts In Himachal Wood Carving

Forests all over the state abound in pine and deodar, besides walnut, horse chestnut and wild black mulberry. Wood has been used to great effect in temples and lavishly built palaces.

 

More Arts and Crafts in Himachal-Pradesh

>> Mala Dance

>> Demon Dance

>> Dalshone And Cholamba Dances

>> Nagas Kayang

>> Jataru Kayang

>> Shan And Shabu Dances

>> Keekali And Bhangra

>> Nuala

>> Nati

>> Jhoori

>> Dand Ras And Dangi Dances

>> Wood Carving

>> Painting

>> Kangra School Of Paintings

>> The Kangra Style Of Paintings

>> The Pahari Paintings Of Mid

>> Garments

>> Rugs

>> Leathercraft

>> Shawls

>> Embroidery

>> Stonework

>> Metalwork

>> Jewellery

>> Bronze Sculptures

 

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