#Supportlocal: 10 ways to incorporate Indian folk and handicrafts into your home

There has been an upsurge in the support for locally manufactured products of late. This has given rise to the support local movement. The support local movement essentially encourages consumers to give preference to locally made/manufactured products over centrally manufactured imported products. The echo of support local has always been preached in India, even in history when the father of the nation had called for people to support Indian made goods. This trend was honestly much needed. In the ever globalizing market, where trade and markets of countries are pretty open to imports and foreign businesses entering, the local businesses often get lost in the crowd. Not necessarily having access to the same amount of capital or resources as the global market players, the local businesses often seem to struggle.

However, with the support local initiative, consumers are beginning to understand the importance of supporting local businesses.

A great way to support locally manufactured goods as well as lend a helping hand to Indian craft is to utilize them well. Indian folk and handicraft is known for producing some of the finest textiles, home decor, utensils and what not. Different art forms and techniques from around the country form a beautiful medley that you could bring into your home with ease for a beautiful look while making a difference in the lives of local artisans. There are a lot of different products and ways you can go to blend local art and handicrafts in your interior design. Here are some products and ideas you might want to use: 

JAIPURI BLUE POTTERY TILES 

Jaipur Blue Pottery is a popular and long living craft. It has some of the most eye-catching designs that would leave you awestruck. It essentially is done on a ceramic or clay base, which is first hand painted with intricate and gorgeous patterns and then colored. It is coated with a glaze and fired in a furnace to seal the design and shape. Ultramarine blue is one the most common colors used and is incredibly gorgeous, which is why the style is called jaipur ‘blue’ pottery. Jaipur blue pottery tiles are available in a number of colors and extremely fine and beautiful patterns.

Apart from tiles, you can also use Jaipur blue pottery ceramics, utensils, wall decals, vases etc. The vibrant and bright look of Jaipur blue pottery could be a great addition to your home for a lively touch. 

CARVED WOOD DECOR

Wood carving is a fine ancient Indian handicraft. For thousands of years, artisans have been carving the most delicate and gorgeous designs into wood to create beautiful products. Different types of wood are used in this craft. The craft is very intricate and hard to ace. It requires hours of hard work to create a single well finished piece. There are plenty of carved wood products you could use around your home for a traditional touch. You could use a carved wood screen simply as a beautiful decor piece or to part a room without putting a wall through it. You could also use carved wood showpieces, tables of even chairs for a charming and vintage look around your house. 

HAND WOVEN RUGS 

Hand woven rugs or Indian traditional dhurries can be an exquisite addition to your home. Each state whether it is Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh or Himachal Pradesh has its own unique design, and finish to the rugs. These rugs are woven by hand with extremely fine and pretty patterns and designs. They are less bulky than carpets but serve the purpose well while looking great. There is an almost endless variety of designs that you can pick from to suit your home well. You can use them around different rooms in the house for an eye-catching look. 

EARTHENWARE PIECES 

Earthenware or terracotta pottery is a long living Indian tradition, however, is no longer getting the recognition it deserves. The terracotta clay products can be an earthy and beautiful addition to your home. The earthenware art is versatile and has a very traditional and warm look to it. The earthenware pieces are made by hand with a lot of attention to detail. From earthenware pots, vases, utensils, to windchimes, there are a large variety of products that can be made from the terracotta clay to fit your home well. You could opt for hand painted earthenware to step away from the traditional earthenware coloring or even go for designer hand carved pieces for a unique look. 

RAJASTHANI FABRIC DOOR HANGINGS 

Rajasthani torans or door hangings are a bright and vibrant piece of décor that you could bring into your homes. Made from a variety of printed fabrics and in a lot of different designs, these decorative strings look great. They are essentially made with different colors and prints of fabrics first made into different shapes, then tied together in a beaded string for a beautiful yet traditional look. They can be hung around your door frame, windows or even used to create a decorative curtain that stands out in a room giving it a pop of color. Alternatively, You can also find similar torans or door hangings made of recycled paper mache which have a similar bright and gorgeous look. 

KHAMBADIA PATCHWORK CUSHIONS 

Khambadia patchwork is yet another fine Indian textile art. The Khambadia patchwork is a very beautiful art. It is used to make cushion covers, bedspreads, and even stools for seating. It usually utilizes a lot of bright and lively colors with mirror work, beading and fine thread work creating lovely textile pieces embroidered by hand. It also uses different designed patches of fabrics sewed together to form one sheet for a bedspread, cushion etc. Both the finishes of the khambadia work are extremely beautiful and have a very lively look to them. Even if you are going for a rather simple interior design, you could add these cushions for a pop of color to your space saving you from simple monotony. 

HAND PAINTED CERAMICS 

Hand painted ceramics are a wonderful way to bring Indian handicrafts to your home décor. Artisans begin with simple ceramics which are intricately hand painted or stamped with beautiful designs and patterns. These designs are often very detailed and fine. You can swap hand painted ceramics for your regular utensils for a colorful and unique addition to your dining area. Apart from utensils, you can use ceramic hand painted wall decals, vases, pots or even coasters, each serving to give an exquisite and charming look to your home. 

JUTE PRODUCTS 

The jute fiber has a way with décor. It is used to create a variety of beautiful pieces that can be used to look good and function well around your house. Being made entirely from natural and biodegradable jute fibers, jute products are a good and responsible addition to your home décor. Jute can be used to create a lot of different products including wall decals, baskets, cushions, rugs, stools, foldings or even statement pieces. Handwoven by artisans into fine designs and patterns, jute products have a rather alluring look to them and can add a touch of warmth to a room, giving a homey look to it while being friendly to the environment. 

BLOCK PRINTED ROOM FURNISHINGS

Block printing a popular Indian handicraft and for all the right reasons. Mostly practiced in the states of West Bengal, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat, this craft is used to create beautiful and intricate looking designs on cushions, bedsheets, curtains, pillow covers, blankets and even apparel. The technique essentially utilizes a carved wooden block in which designs are engraved. This is then dipped into different colored dyes and stamped onto fabric with a good amount of force, leaving a beautiful imprint. They are usually made in gorgeous floral and traditional patterns. The number of different products created by this craft make it an easy pick to bring into your home, as you can choose to incorporate a certain product or use it around the house in different ways for a delicate and graceful look. 

ARTISAN CROCHET TABLECLOTHS

The art of crochet tugs at the heartstrings of many Indians, making them nostalgic. The art of crochet was once largely practiced by people within the home creating beautiful handwoven products to use around the house. However, of late it hasn't been getting the love that it deserves probably because people associate them with a product of the past. The reality is quite the opposite. Crochet designs are very elegant and pleasing to look at. They can be found in a number of different colors allowing you to even customize if you’d like. Crochet tablecloths can be a pretty and charming addition to your dining area. You could go for a crocheted table runner or individual placemats. Apart from table cloths, you can also add crochet blankets, rugs or statement pieces to your décor for a pleasing and soothing look. 

To sum up, using Indian folk and handicrafts in your home serves three great purposes. Firstly, it allows you to support local businesses often facing trouble in a market flooded with global presences. Secondly, it helps promote and preserve the local handicrafts that are an important part of our culture and tradition, otherwise in trouble if not encouraged well. Lastly, it adds character to your home enlivening it with beautiful designs, patterns and colors, making it a place you can truly love and enjoy. 



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