"The hand of a craftsman engaged in his craft is always pure."
India's rich cultural heritage and centuries of evolutionary tradition are manifested by the huge variety of handicrafts made all over the country. There are many different worlds contained within the geographical boundaries of India. The world of its craftspeople, with their handmade goods and textiles, spans millennia and spreads across the length and breadth of the land. Handicrafts are a mirror of the cultural identity of the ethnic people who make it.
Through the ages, handicrafts made in India have maintained their exclusiveness. The entire wealth of the timeless Indian handicrafts has survived through the ages.
These crafts carry the magnetic appeal of the Indian culture that promises exclusivity, beauty, dignity, and style. To hundreds and thousands of Indian artisans, a fusion of utility and aesthetics comes naturally.
The handicrafts industry is a rare one, what with the advent of machines and assembly line manufacturing, the art of creating something carefully with your own hands for someone to cherish and feel special about, is all but nearly extinct. However, a few passionate souls still give it their all to keep this waning art alive.
M.N Upadhyay, in his book 'Handicrafts of India', beautifully described the diversity of Indian crafts and textiles: "To write about Indian handicrafts is almost like writing about the country itself. So vast, complex, colorful, and yet with a simplicity and charm, difficult to attain under comparable conditions."
India is home to an estimated 6.8 million artisans. The production of handmade products could very well be the second-largest source of employment in rural India after agriculture. Yet, for a country with beautiful handmade products, tremendous diversity, and a rich craft tradition, the love, respect & dignity that the creative hands deserve is yet to be delivered.
Indebazar is an attempt to bring to you an undeniably unique collection of Indian Handicrafts and simultaneously create a larger canvas for the artisans of India who have been perfecting the art, with unparalleled creativity, for centuries. We hope to be able to raise the dignity of the Indian artisan in our own small way.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of this fascinating country and savor the delightful art.