Karnataka is endowed with a rich cultural heritage, unique to its land. The handicrafts and textiles are as diverse as the geography of Karnataka. Some of these traditions have evolved through the ages and some have even withstood, undaunted and faced the challenge of time. If one happens to visit a handicraft village in Karnataka, the vivid, striking colours are the first to strike the eye. The villagers always form a group whilst working and their passion exudes in their skilful hands.
Following are the most important, must-see places for any art enthusiast and if you’re a first-time traveller to Karnataka:
Channapatna, located just 60km from Bangalore and 80km from Mysore – world-famous for its Doll making.
Chithra Kala Parishath, located within Bangalore City – always teeming with the best artworks, paintings, sculptures, folk-art, metalware, woodworks, handmade textiles, like sarees, shawls, carpets, etc.
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium, located within Bangalore City – best known for its sandalwood, rosewood, metal crafts, bronze, antiques, lacquerware, perfumery, agarbathi (incense sticks), etc.
Mysore – also the former capital (pre-independence) of the state of Karnataka located about 147km from Bangalore – a city of royal opulence, rightly called the “Heritage City” and a seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. Mysore Silk sarees are among the smoothest fabrics in the world.
Ilkal – located about 410km from Bangalore and 147km from Hubli town – Ilkal is famous for handloom sarees, popularly known as Ilkal sarees. These sarees are predominantly worn by women of North Karnataka.
Featured Image Courtesy: Channapatna Toys by Outlook India
Written by Shree Harsha