Basket Weaving and Mat Making
The tribals do most of the basketry and mat making work in Madhya
Pradesh. The tribals, to reflect their art and culture have used
cane and bamboo since ancient times. The materials used for basket,
mat weaving and cane work are simple and found in abundance. Locally
available natural material like grass, reeds, leaves etc is used
for mat and basket making. Jute, coir and bamboo are also used in
basketry and in making mats. Madhya Pradesh is known for their basket
weaving and mat making traditions. The production of cane furniture
is on the rise these days.
Clay Crafts and Pottery
Madhya Pradesh has a tradition of clay crafts, toys, and pottery
throughout the country. Terracotta work is centered in the state
of Madhya Pradesh.
Painting is one of the earliest known activities of man and India
is no exception to that. The earliest known paintings are found
in the Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh has its
own unique painting styles.
Papier-mâché articles are made of waste paper and are
molded according to requirement. A large number of utilitarian items
are made from Papier-mâché. Boxes, trays, pots, toys,
vases and other articles, etc are made of Papier-mâché
in Madhya Pradesh and then they are painted in bright colors. Large
items also have gold and silver leaf applied to them.
Woodcarving and Stone Carving
craftsmen of Madhya Pradesh have perfected carving in all its manifestations
using a variety of raw materials ranging from wood, stone, horn,
coconut shell etc. Exquisite woodcarvings depicting gods and goddesses
and mythological figures are a common place amongst the carved wood
products. The material varies from walnut, redwood, sandalwood and
teak etc. Stone carving too is popular around this state and is
practiced throughout the country.
Information on Traditional Crafts, arts, handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh-