Indore- Art & Craft
Indore’s art and craft industry has the charm of its own. It displays ancestral skills. Artistic pieces of crafts work also include silk sarees and woven clothes, fabrics with block prints, floor coverings, work of bamboo, cane, jute, zari, stone, iron craft, wood craft, paper mache etc.
Hand Block Printing:
It is among the most important crafts of Indore. It is a very unique style of craft whose process includes the use of the colours of vegetable and natural dyes like iron, pomegranate skin, lac, turmeric roots etc. These substances used in this craft create a royal yet delicate and subtle effect. The most important thing in this craft is that the natural colors do not fade easily as they spread throughout the fabric. This gives the fabric beautiful & charming look.
As we know, among textile fibers, besides cotton, Jute is the cheapest and most important of all. Indore has a large market of Jute craft industry which is used on a very large scale in packing materials for agricultural as well as industrial products. Jute has natural colour and heavy texture. The city includes items like baskets, flower vases, hammocks, purses, footwear, swings, lamps etc made from jute. There is a big fair also organized for exhibition of the jute items.
Paper mache is another form of craft which is practised here in the city. Vases and various figurines are some of the examples of traditional items of paper mache. Craftsmen are also trying to manufacture paper mache furniture and decorative pottery.
Besides all the other forms of arts and crafts which the city has to offer, it practises one of the most delicate art works called Zari embroidery. Zari embroidery dates back to 300 years in the state. In Indore, Traditional Zari work is mostly found in sarees and dress materials. Now, fashionable zari purses, bags, slippers have also come in to style.
Stuffed Leather Toys
Another most famous craft in the city is stuffed leather toys. These are available in various forms as well as sizes. They are created and painted in a manner which makes them look attractive and charming. Craftsmen in the city are famous for making leather shoes, jutties/slippers, leather bags, etc.
Another very famous and not just common but most preferred art form in the city is very unique style called Batik. We can find various batik sarees which are very popular for their varied designs and attractive colour contrast. It is done on a very large scale. Besides sarees, city also deals with dress materials, duppattas, bed sheets etc made of batik. The process includes applying of molten wax on the fabric and then these are dyed in cold dyes.
Tie and Dye
Tie and dye is again a very popular art form of Indore. The process is known as Bandhani or Bandhej which can be found on sarees, suits, duppattas and they look absolutely beautiful. Parts of the fabric are tied with thread to make small knots and then the fabric is dipped in the dye which in turn leaves a colourful pattern on the cloth material.
There are various institutes and classes which give training for all these kinds of art and craft which includes fine arts, glass work, traditional painting, printing work, fancy art, mural work etc. Indore is famous for packing materials with awesome theme based packing in marriages, event celebration etc.
Mrs. Sapna Jain (Director)
No. 5, Saket Nagar Extension, Near Genius, Opposite Manishpuri Auto Stand
Indore - 452 001
Novelty Art and Craft
1512/22 , Nanda Nagar, Indore (M.P.)
Leather Art and Craft
57, sadar bazaar, Shankar bagh , marimata, main road, Indore (M.P)
Fine arts center
497/7, Nehru Nagar Nehru Nagar
Abhivyakti Center Of Fine Arts And Performing Arts
Nath Mandir road,
Old Palasia, Near Gyan Ganga Institute of Technology,