4 Interesting Facts on Indian Handicrafts

Saluting the rich heritage of Indian handicrafts, Craffi, the Karigar presents fascinating and informative facts on Indian Handicrafts. Read on to discover how the ancient art of handicrafts has saved tress, provides employment and more!! 

1. In 2012, Madhubani artists painted tree trunks with masterpieces and prevented them from being cut

In 2012, Madhubani paintings protected more than 100 trees from being cut. The reason being these trees were decorated with Madhubani painting. Forms of gods and spiritual symbols such as Radha-Krishna, Rama-Sita etc. were painted on these trees resulting in none of them being chopped off. The artists also transformed highway number 52, Madhubani district into a tourist attraction.  

2. Rogan Painting is done by only one family in India 

The legacy of unique and mesmerizing handicraft of Rogan Painting is practised by only one family in India. This lone Muslim family in India, the Khatris has ensured their craft is breathing and blossoming for over three centuries. Gafoorbhai Khatri, head of the Khatri family, has taught this craft to each and every member of the family. Surprisingly, most members of his family have won a national award. 

3. Indian textile & handicrafts industry is the largest employment generator after agriculture 

Recently, the minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta threw light on de facto that Indian textile & handicrafts industry is largest employment generators after agriculture. Around 7 million people including a large percentage of women. At ASSOCHAM event, the minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta, spoke about economic importance of textile & handicrafts sector in terms of low capital investment, high ratio of value addition, and high potential for export and foreign exchange earnings. 

4. World’s most expensive Kancheepuram Silk Saree “Vivah Pattu” was sold for $100,021; £50,679

As per Guinness Book World Records, the world’s most expensive saree was sold for  Rs 39,31,627 ($100,021; £50,679), on 5th January 2008 made by Chennai Silks, India. This piece of treasure is adorned with 11 paintings by the celebrated Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. 4760 man hours went into making this saree. Embroidered in metals such as gold, platinum and silver, this silk saree is punctuated with Navratna stones such as diamond, emerald, ruby, yellow sapphire, sapphire, topaz, pearl, cat’s eye and coral. 

Posted On - 19-December-2017
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DIY: Tie & Dye Craft

Craft is not just a piece of beauty possessed by the owner. Craft is a love affair where you fall madly deeply in love. For this to happen, you need to surrender to its magic. What better way than to create your own craft. 

Our world today is dominated with artificial things. However, the beauty of craft lies in its natural self. So, let’s go back to making dyes the ancient way. When natural plants, fruits and vegetables were used for tie and dye. Follow the step by step instructions sketched by Craffi. Go ahead, write a new love story!! 

1. Dye 
2. Squeeze bottles
3. Rubber Bands 
4. Rubber Gloves 
5. Buckets/Bins 
6. Scissors
7. Garbage Bags 


1. Get your hands on your choice of dye material. Craffi recommends using natural fibres such as cotton. 
2. Soak the fabric in water and then ring dry it. This effect ensures clothes react better to dyeing. In-case of new garments, always wash them first with a little detergent. 
3. Make your dye!! Here’s your guide to natural dyes. For pinkish/red dyes, use beets and blueberries. Blackberries and red cabbage create purple dyes. Yellow onions give you a charming mustard yellow, coppery colour. A pale yellow dye is made with orange and lemon peels. To make dye, place chopped ingredients in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients.  Boil the water and allow it to simmer for an hour. If the fabric calls for a deeper hue, leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight. The last step is to remove all the hard material with a strainer and you are left with pure liquid dye. 
4. Twist up the fabric and tie it with copious rubber bands. 
5. Slip your fingers inside the gloves and the let magic begin. Simply, surrender to as many colours as your heart says. Use one tint or dye in sections to create stripes. 
6. Spread the garment on a plastic protected surface. Spread the dye on the fabric, ensure it penetrates into folds. Repeat on the other side.
7. Allow fabric and dye to make love over night as they rest in plastic bag. This ensures the dye really sets into the fabric.
8. Remove your items from the plastic bag and rise them with cold water. Now, chop off the rubber bands. 

Colour Combination: 

1. When fuchsia and a little yellow come together red is born. 
2. Orange is the baby of red and yellow.
3. Yellow and turquoise make green.
4. Blend a lot of turquoise with a little fuchsia to make blue.
5. Purple can be made using turquoise and fuchsia. 

Posted On - 08-November-2017
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Taking Care of Ceramics

Colorful, chaotic, charismatic ceramic crafts brighten up the room with their historic presence. However, caring for this fine craft can be a daunting task. Thus, one of the most common damage cause is rough handling.  Craffi, points out tips to keep your ceramic treasures shining for a long time. Read on: 

  • Always wash ceramics by hand. Before initiating the cleaning procedure, identify the ceramic type and material such as metal mounts, ivory etc. Examination should always be done under bright light. This will ensure ceramics are not damaged and any potential threats are identified. 

  • You do not have to eradicate all dirt and stains. In case of antique crafts, dirt or stains may embrace historic interest. It may always not be possible to remove dirt without damaging the piece. As a golden rule, before cleaning the entire piece, test clean a small part to make sure its damage free.

  • Dishwasher is never a good option as dishwasher detergents, high temperatures, high pressure water are abrasive. They can permanently harm glazes and coloured enamel decoration. However, when the dishwasher cannot be avoided, go for top rack.  

  • Keep in knowledge, ceramics with luster finish can only be hand-washed. Unless, you wish to bid adieu to that glint of gold.
  • Say no to household bleaches or proprietary cleaning products as they inject irreversible damage. Cleaning liquid can lead to new stains or make old stains worse. Abrasive creams and cleaners will hurt subtle adornment such as gilding, luster or enamels and also dull the glaze itself.

  • Casseroles, pie plates, baking dishes are mostly oven safe. However, when using one, distribute their contents evenly, especially when reheating food. These delicate pieces should not be used for freezer storage or stovetop cooking.  

  • While handling delicate ceramics remove jewellery that might scratch or catch, such as rings, bracelets or watches.

  • When you touch ceramics, your fingers leave behind a residue that can damage certain decorative finishes. Therefore, Craffi recommends using nitrile or vinyl gloves when handling ceramics. 

  • Never lift a piece of craft by its handle or any parts that stick out, such as finials, spouts, knobs and the limbs of figures. The reason being, most likely these fragile areas have been repaired in the past.

Posted On - 09-October-2017
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Taking Care of Silver

Silver ware of India consists of varied items like silver utensils, pooja articles, silver photo frames, antiques, gift items, candle stands etc. Gifting gods and goddesses in silver and silver coins are considered very auspicious in India. These gifts have a traditional meaning and serve as a great gifting option. Silver ware is famous for its beauty and intricate designs and how they can be used in kitchen, décor, gifting items etc. Taking care of silver ware can helping longevity of the item and helps in maintaining the luster. If we don’t take care of the silver handicrafts, they can lose their beauty and get dull.

So here are few DIY’s to take care of your precious silver items:

Use concoction of soap and water. Take a piece of cloth and rub the soap and water mixture and until its clean.

Use 2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with small bowl of water and gently rub the tarnished area, once the area is clean let it air dry and avoid sunlight

This is a fun diy, where you can use an old toothbrush to clean the silver items. Take a pea size toothpaste on the brush and start brushing the area which requires polishing.

Take 2 tablespoon of Lemon juice and rub the affected areas.

Here are few tips which will allow you to enjoy your silvers rather than cleaning them:

Store them in proper dry place and avoid sunlight and water

Keep cleaning your silver handicrafts whenever required

Once cleaned make sure your silver handicrafts are completely dry before storing them (in case of silver utensils)

Posted On - 29-June-2017
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