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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 34025 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-07-27 08:46:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-07-27 08:46:19 [post_content] => FROM tailored clothes to hand made shoes, jewelry and purses, there are many artisinal crafts still practiced widely in India that are completely accessible for visitors to purchase or simply to enjoy watching the deft craftsmanship. It is a joy to see craftsmen deftly turn a kiln, work silver or sew up a shoe sole in a manner that has been handed down to them over the generations. And as many of these handmade crafts have now become a boutique and specialised profession in the West, with prices to match, visitors to India will also enjoy the affordable prices of having shoes, clothes or other items made to their size and specifications. Here are just some of the crafts to avail of or see during your next trip. Just remember to bargain if you're making a purchase. Hand made shoes Shoe makers abound in India and offer an array of hand made leather goods for you to select from, often in designs that are different to what you may find at home. Simply choose from these or show them a design or style you like from a book, or better still, bring them something they can copy. Once they have taken your measurements (tracing your feet and other width and breadth calculations) it's usually a matter of a few days for them to produce the order. Leave some time to fit out and try your new shoes if possible, particularly if any amendments are needed. Shoe makers can also repair your favourite shoes. So if your soles are starting to wear thin, there's a tear in the fabric, or a strap has broken, bring them with you and get them fixed up - it's cheaper than buying a new pair. [caption id="attachment_34029" align="alignnone" width="416"]Man fixing shoes. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Man fixing the sole of the writer's worn shoes. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] Tailored clothes Like the shoe makers, tailors are prevalent in all towns and cities. Saris, curta pajamas, salwar kameez and other Indian styled clothes are readily available, often already cut into the required style that just needs to be reworked more exactly to your fittings. Or, like the shoe makers, bring your own design or sample and they'll make a copy out of the fabric you choose. Fabric shops often have an inhouse tailor, or they will be located nearby. Like the shoe makers it's best to allow several days for them to make your clothes and allow time for fittings and amendments. While these tailors are deft and talented, not all of them will be accustomed to making western style clothes, so do remember that when making your plans. [caption id="attachment_34040" align="alignnone" width="347"]Cloth shop, Rajasthan. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Cloth shop, Rajasthan. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] Block printing and other fabric crafts Block printing has a long and proud history in India and is widely practicised in the desert state of Rajasthan. Most of the wood blocks are still handcarved in the traditional Indian method and the blocks themselves can sometimes be for sale so you can try to reproduce the art yourself at home. This labour intensive and painstaking process is very interesting to watch. [caption id="attachment_34034" align="alignnone" width="300"]Rogan work, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Rogan work, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] Rogan, a traditional painting on cloth that looks a bit like embroidery, is another of the fine fabric crafts practiced in Gujurat, specifically in the Rann of Kutch. This craft often uses geometric or floral designs and can be found on saris and wall hangings. Gujurat and Rajasthan are also renowned for their colourful mirror work embroidery. [caption id="attachment_34031" align="alignnone" width="410"]Colourful mirror work embroidery in Gujurat, India. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Colourful mirror work embroidery in Gujurat, India. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] It is sometimes possible to come across artists doing block or other fabric crafts during your travels, or your hotel may organise a visit on your request, but the best way to see these crafts is to visit some of the cottage industries - a simple web search should reveal these. Emporiums abound in the larger cities where you can buy the fabrics but you won't always get to see the work being created. The store FabIndia has locations across the country and sells high quality traditionally made items from across the country. Prices are set in this store, meaning no bargaining, and are higher than you might find elsewhere but it is a good place to start. Pottery Pottery is another ancient craft that is still in wide circulation in India as pots for storage of things such as water and grain are still in high demand. Like the block printing you may be lucky and stumble across it and discover potters working on manual wheels, with their own kiln or oven, but it's more likely you'll have to seek them out as potters aren't usually located in the main streets of commerce. There are potters villages available to visit and a web search may reveal some of these. Most potters work on bulk orders but may be convinced to make a single item here and there if the proferred mullah is acceptable. However if you're just interested in finding a clay or terracotta pot or item to take home, you'll find them for sale in bazaars across the country. [caption id="attachment_34028" align="alignnone" width="610"]Pottery for sale in the bazaar. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Pottery for sale in the bazaar. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_34039" align="alignnone" width="310"]Village potter, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Village potter, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] Jewelry Indian jewelry is famous around the world and often of very good quality. Silver, gold and other beaded jewelry is available for sale in the bazaars and markets across the country. In a lot of stores that sell gold and silver jewelry, you will find a work bench where they can rework or reset something you bring from home, or make something to your specifications. In the old cities of places such as Hyderabad or Chennai you may get a chance to watch them cast and set silver or gold in traditional methods, or stumble across a place making bangles or threading Tibetan beads. [caption id="attachment_34042" align="alignnone" width="300"]Colourful Indian bangles, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Colourful Indian bangles, Gujurat. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_34026" align="alignnone" width="598"]Beautiful silver jewelry on a Gujurati woman. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Beautiful silver jewelry on a Gujurati woman. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] [post_title] => Artisanal crafts in India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => artisanal-crafts-in-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-27 08:46:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-27 08:46:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=34025 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Artisanal crafts in India

Artisanal crafts in India
July 27, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM tailored clothes to hand made shoes, jewelry and purses, there are many artisinal crafts still practiced widely in India that are completely accessible for visitors to purchase or simply to enjoy watching the deft craftsmanship. It is a joy to see craftsmen deftly turn a kiln, work silver or sew up a shoe sole in a manner that has…>

Survey: Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi has fastest airport WiFi in the world

Survey: Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi has fastest airport WiFi in the world
June 17, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport has the fastest airport WiFi in the world, according to a new survey. Two other Asian airports – Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan – also made the top 10 list, in sixth and seventh place respectively. Users of WiFi network location and ranking site…>

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Nepal airport reopens after runway cleared
March 8, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

NEPAL’S only international airport has reopened four days after a Turkish Airlines jet skidded and blocked the single runway.

8 travel trends of 2015

8 travel trends of 2015
March 2, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE travel industry is constantly in a state of flux and change with upgrades, improvements, or different options constantly being tweaked and made available. These are designed to have you arrive feeling rested, improve the ease of making transactions or communicating with loved ones, and connecting with locals on the ground. Here are just some of the trends you may expect to see this year during your travels.

Etiquette notes: Visiting a monastery

Etiquette notes: Visiting a monastery
February 16, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

Asia is awash with Buddhist monasteries, temples, nunneries and other sacred places and chances are you will find yourself at one or more of them during your travels. While foreigners and visitors are always welcome in these places, there are some rules of etiquette that you should follow so you don’t offend anyone.

Cultural gaffes to avoid in the Asia-Pacific region

Cultural gaffes to avoid in the Asia-Pacific region
December 31, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

CULTURAL practices across the Asia-Pacific vary from place to place. Generally locals are very forgiving of visitors who don’t know the ins and outs of cultural protocols, but there are certainly a few things to keep in mind in order to avoid giving offence. Here’s a look at just some of these basic practices that…>

There’s a storm out there: Avoiding inclement weather during your travels

There’s a storm out there: Avoiding inclement weather during your travels
December 13, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

“I advise you go to Halong Bay now before the next typhoon. There was one last week and there may be another again soon.” This isn’t the kind of travel advice you expect in a travel agency in Hanoi when all you really know about beautiful Ha Long Bay on Vietnam’s north east coast are the idyllic blue skies and limestone islets featured in magazine pictures. But this part of Vietnam can experience several typhoons a year – time it wrong and you may find your holiday blown away in water and wind.

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