The Assam valley is popular for its lush greenery, tea gardens and the beautiful handicrafts of Assam. Assam handicrafts and the various art forms in Assam are the life and soul of its people.
Tourism in Assam
Assam is located in the northeastern region of India just below the eastern Himalayan foothills. The state is surrounded by seven states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim, which are collectively known as eight sisters and serve as great attractions for tourist. Amongst other things, Assam is popular because of the mass production of tea in the state. Around 25 percent of the world's tea is produced in Assam. The tea gardens of Assam, the hills and mountains of the valley along with its amicable people, make Assam a beautiful place for tourism.
Assam hut house, bullok cart
Assam has a flourishing handicrafts business. Assam is renowned for the production of some wonderful silk. The state produces superior quality silk called ‘Pat’ and ‘Muga’. Moreover, weaving and embroidery are counted as major handicraft industry in the state. Cane and bamboo are also used here exquisitely to make beautiful handicrafts. In addition, terracotta products of Assam are also good examples of beautiful crafts.
Various types of handicrafts available in Assam
Bamboo and Cane products
Brass and Bell metal crafts
The above-mentioned are some of the unique and interesting items of handicrafts that Assam produces. Handloom weaving is something very special and exclusively unique about this state. Assam has a long tradition of weaving cloths. In fact, it is a way of life in many parts of the state even today. Most households in villages possesses a loom in which they weave cloths out of cotton and many kinds of the famous Assam silk namely, ‘Pat’ and ‘Muga’. They mostly create ‘mekhela-chaddar’ (a kind of sari worn by Assamese ladies), ‘Gamosa’ (towels) and other things by weaving.
Jewelry of Assam is also renown. In Assam, along with jewelry created by gold, silver etc, you also get to wear jewelry made out of bamboo and cane. Moreover, the traditional Assamese jewels created by jewelers in the state are wonderful and loved by all. The typical Assamese jewelry includes several kinds of lockets called as ‘Jon-biri’, ‘Dhol-biri’, etc. It also includes bracelets called as ‘Gaam-kharu’ and necklaces called as ‘Gal-pata’ and several kinds of earings.
Being rich in bamboo and cane reserves, Assam produces some very useful and daily used utilities like baskets, hats, sieve, mats, stools and other useful furnishing out of bamboo and cane.
Brass and Bell metal products of Assam are also loved for their utility as well as beauty. The cottage industry of Assam produces many products made of brass and bell such as water pots, dishes, bowls, spoons, and cymbals and so on.
Pottery is another handicraft of Assam that creates toys, household articles, and so on.
Due to the easy availability of wood in the state, there are many good woodcarvings seen in Assam. Masks made in Assam are mostly used for folk theatres. These are produced with materials such as terracotta, metal, bamboo and wood.
Terracotta is another important handicraft of Assam, which is going on from generation. You get terracotta figures of toys, vases along with gods and goddesses, mythological characters and much more in Assam.
However, the state has a lot of potential to create many other appealing articles of art and craft, which may not be noticed so far.
Eco friendly furniture toys Assam
Assam handicrafts Manufacturers:
1. B G Handicraft Group (Gohain Enterprise) deals in manufacturing and exporting of bamboo blinds, bamboo flooring, bamboo mats, bamboo decorative items, bamboo wall hangings, bamboo furniture, bamboo handicraft items, decorative items, wall hanging, and so on.
2. Bamcane International Handicrafts deals in manufacturing of bamboo crafts
There are a number of manufacturers and wholesalers of Indian handicraft goods, in Assam. The products they produce are quite very popular and in demand in Europe, Japan and USA.
Exporters of Assam handicrafts:
1. Majumder Enterprise deals in exporting handicrafts along with other things.
2. B G Handicraft Group deals in exporting of bamboo related handicraft items.
Assam handicrafts have a huge export market. And most of these crafts are exported across countries like Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE and many other countries of the world. The lovely works of cane and bamboo gets huge attraction in international trade fairs and exhibitions. Moreover, the famous silk of Assam is also quite popular in the export markets.