A Photo Walk to a local Pottery Industry
Like all other handicrafts and crafts, the tradition of pottery making in India is very old. The ancient pottery of a country speaks volumes about its civilization. Pottery is one of those important mediums through which men have expressed their emotions. For thousands of years pottery art has been one of the most beautiful forms of expression. A piece of pottery has a visual message in its shape and color.
Pottery is the most sensual of all arts. In India, we have had a great tradition of pottery making. In fact, being an agricultural country, pots for storage of water and grains were in demand. The real beginning of Indian pottery began with the Indus Valley Civilization and the art of shaping and baking clay articles as pottery, earthenware and porcelain has continued through the ages. While pottery and earthenware are definitely utilitarian and often decorative, porcelain and studio pottery belong to the sphere of art. We at Dwarka Homestay can arrange a walk and also involve the tourist in making a product and buy the same.
EXPERIENCE MAT WEAVING
Mat weaving, one of the most popular industries and handicrafts of India, has been practised and passed down generation by generation for centuries. Similar to the pottery industry, the history of mat weaving industry is said to date back to thousands of years. A wide variety of wonderful and attractive products are being crafted by expertly skilled people in certain rural areas of India.
The significance of the mat weaving handicraft and the mat weaving industry of India is immense. These products are highly popular and distributed to a number of domestic markets and foreign countries. The mat weaving industry has assisted several communities and the country itself in various ways such as by establishing an economic platform for rural communities.
We at Dwarka Homestay can arrange a visit and also involve the tourists trying out the weaving.
VISIT TO A BAMBOO WORKSHOP
Bamboo is perhaps one of the most under-utilised natural resources of the country. Bamboo is one of the world’s best natural engineering materials. Its strength to weight ratio is better than that of teak wood and mild steel. Bamboo grows much faster than wood and requires relatively little water. It can also be recurrently harvested. Ample bamboo cover enriches the soil by arresting erosion and taming flash floods. It offers stakes to trees, fodder to animals and food to humans. This makes bamboo a key element in maintaining the ecological balance and ensuring sustainable food and livelihood security. Bamboo can be used to produce many items of daily use that are currently made out of plastic or other less eco-friendly materials viz. soap – dishes, utensil-racks, beds, tables and chairs – all made out of bamboo.
Extensive use of wood over the ages for furniture and other products has challenged the environment more than ever before. The population of trees and forests is ever receding. This increasing need for wood has been beautifully supplemented by cane and bamboo. These eco-friendly products are light in weight and have their own style and elegance. These products have a high life with minimum maintenance and are at par with wood, if not better. Strips of bamboo and various types of canes are extensively used to manufacture different utility and decorative items. Mats, lamp shades, trays, baskets are weaved and knitted by the skilled hands of the artisans. Cane and bamboo can also be converted into strong and unique furniture, which are very popular now. Jewellery, bags and handbags are the other popular items of this craft.
We at Dwarka Homestay can arrange a visit and also help the tourists by things at source.