When you think about one beautiful piece of Iron Handicraft, the work that went into creating it. It can be very intriguing how a piece of plain metal can be made, carved, intricately designed, and beautified into that one masterpiece.
Handicraft (Artisanal Handicraft or Handmade) is the making/creating of useful and/or decorative objects with the use of one’s hand. It doesn’t just take time, it takes effort as well into carving these iron pieces and requires some muscle and lots of skills which these artists possess to create the incredibly beautiful pieces of art that they do. Whether simple and stunning or intricately designed and aesthetically pleasing, these pieces are a wonder to look at and have in your home.
The field of Iron crafts in India has grown in modern times and some of these are classified into traditional artwork, architectural artwork, iron artwork, and sculpture. In India, Traditional ironwork is related to the making of iron art ware and horseshoeing by blacksmiths mostly using tools and production methods that are primitive. Architectural ironwork is very popular in the custom housing industry where fabricated pieces containing hand-forged elements or hand-forged iron works are required.
History of Iron craft in India
The history of Iron crafts begins with Metal crafts which can be dated back to 1000 BC when the use of iron was fully-fledged (1). Copper and Bronze were the most used materials with a limited amount of gold and silver and the metallurgy of metal crafts began in 1500 BC in Bengal.
Iron Craft in India has been a huge part of the culture and has been passed down for generations. For example, Bastar Iron Craft (Wrought Iron Craft of Bastar) is manufactured in Bastar, a district in Chhattisgarh. Bastar Iron Craft is an Indian Iron Crafts tradition with skills passed down the Bastar generations. It has been protected under the geographical indication (GI) of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. It has been listed as “Bastar Iron Craft” as item number 82 of the 1999 GI Act of the Government of India with its registration confirmed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks. (2)
In several rural villages in India, ironsmiths indulge in making farm implements and other household objects. Most of the iron objects are not cast or moulded but are hammered into their desired shape by repeatedly beating them. Where copper and Bronze were used thousands of years ago in Iron artwork and sculpting among other things, bronze, iron, lead, and tin, to list a few, are used now.
In the remote villages of Madhya Pradesh, traditional blacksmiths have a mastery of their art and people from other communities, including Gond, Muria, have practised this art form for a long time. There is a tradition where beautifully carved iron lamps are given to their daughters as a bridal gift.
Iron handicrafts of India are one of the many crafts of India which can be used as home decors. There are so many other interesting and beautiful crafts, art and items which you can all find at ExclusiveLane.
Iron Handicrafts can be made of different materials, art and product types and they are available at ExclusiveLane Indian handicraft store. These Iron crafts are perfect for your home decor to style up places from your kitchen to your rooms. These beautiful and miniature designs don’t just add character to your home but are useful and there are lots more to select from.
You should also check out ExclusiveLane’s Kalamkari Hand-Block Printings in their home decor category and other interesting and beautiful crafts with amazing history just like iron handicrafts like their Pyrography art and Terracotta pottery, available in different art forms like dhokra, meenakari, madhubani warli, and Indian tribal art. Their Rajasthani miniature paintings, iron handicrafts, and other crafts.
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