Thursday, 20 February 2014

Punjabi Handicrafts: Adding Value to Traditional Life!

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Punjabi Handicrafts: Adding Value to Traditional Life!

The tradition and culture of Punjab state revolves around its folk, embracing, rich heritage and livelihood. Along with its affluent cuisine, colorful outfits, blissful dance styles and heart touching music, it takes just arrogance in the dexterously formed handicrafts it has long been popular for.

The industrial crafts of Malwa, traditional clothing of Majha, and the woodcraft of Doaba are part of the artistic wealth of Punjab. Majha region is well known for its expensive textiles, woolen carpets and elegant palm leaf fans. Holy city Amritsar deals in various kinds of silks and shawls. Apart from that, the city is a hub for carpet manufactures.

Carpet weaving was promoted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. During his time, he set up carpet workshops under the management of skilled Kashmiri weavers who were migrated to the city when it became part of the Sikh territory. The accessibility of excellence fur from the neighboring mount states loaned impulsion to this craft, allowing for remarkably well hand-knotted woolen carpets.

The Doaba area is situated at the shore of the rivers Beas and Satluj. It has long artisan communities-especially wood workers, shoe makers and tanners. Jalandhar is known for containers and low stools. Another handicraft panja dhurrie, intricately linked to the Punjabi concept of dowry that comprises items of bedclothes.

To the south of Satluj River, Malwa lies. Three major cities of this region are: Malerkotla, Patiala and Faridkot. Patiala is famous for producing fabrics and colorful cushions. Malerkotla, the only Muslim-Pathan principality in the state, possesses specialist zardozi and metal workers.

The Punjabi artifacts, with their eye-catching designs have gained popularity worldwide. Haveli restaurant, a tribute to the traditions and culture of Punjab, has many artifacts integrated in their themed d├ęcor and on sale at their stores. One must visit Haveli, to get a glimpse of real Punjab.


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