India Post has released a set of five stamps and a miniature sheet (25 Rs.) on Handicrafts of India on 31st December 2018. The set consists of stamps representing handicrafts of various parts of the country.
1.Jaipur Blue Pottery is widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, though it is Turko-Persian in origin. The name ‘blue pottery’ comes from the eye-catching cobalt blue dye used to color the pottery. It is one of many Eurasian types of Blue and White Pottery, and related in the shapes and decoration to Islamic pottery and, more distantly, Chinese pottery . It is relatively unusual as a type of quality or luxury Indian pottery , most Indian types being functional and though often highly decorated, relatively low prestige wares.Some of this pottery is semi-transparent and mostly decorated with bird and other animal motifs . Being fired at very low temperature makes them fragile. The range of items is primarily decorative, such as ashtrays ,vases,coasters small bowls and boxes for trinkets.
2.Maddalam of Palakkad: Madhalam is a percussion instrument which usually accompanies art forms like Kathakali. It is a round-shaped drum made out of jack wood. The wood is given a basic shape at first and then polished well. It is tied tightly with ropes. The two sides that are meant to play are made up of leather. Both these sides are made in such a way that they produce different sounds.
3.Bronze Handicraft of Karnataka: Bidar in Karnataka is a famous for bidriware – a craft done on a metal plate of zinc, copper, tin, and lead. Bidri articles ornamental jugs, bowls, plates pen holders, candlesticks and even paper knives. Nagamangala near Mysore is famous for its bronze items and Mangalore in the west coast boasts of domestic articles made of bell-metal.
4.Kutch Embroidery: Historically, it is said that Kutch embroidery was brought about by ‘Kathi’ cattle breeders who later settled down and created some fine needlework which displayed a variety of elements, designs, themes, patterns and moods. Kutch embroidery has been there for centuries and in the 16th and 17th centuries Kutch embroidery pieces were exported by western countries. It is also believed that mochis or shoemakers were taught Kutch embroidery 300 years ago by a Muslim wanderer in Sindh and that is what started the tradition. However, Kutch embroidery clubbed with Sindh tradition owns styles such as Suf, Khaarek, and Paako, Rabari, Garasia Jat and Mutava.
5.Sikki Pas Products of Bihar: Sikki is considered auspicious by the natives and involving in daily practice of weaving it into ornaments and objects of utility is a way for women to vent out their creative instincts. The grass has served as a vital raw material in making of a variety of products since ancient times. There is hardly a ritual where it is not taken into account, figures of deities and votive offerings are woven during festivals, young women weave baskets known as ‘Pauthi’ which are used to exchange gifts in a wedding, household items such as boxes, toys, jewelry and murals are also crafted out of this grass. Sailesh puja, the only festival of the Moosahar tribe, involves a wide range of colorful sikki products for ritualistic uses.