Bihar is a land of intricate craftsmanship. The essence of ancient art and craft is dissolved in the soil of Bihar. Sikki work, Village paper mache handicrafts, Madhubani paintings, Sujni and Khatwa embroidery are just to name a few of them. If we unfold the historical pages of Bihar, we would be able to see that Bihar has been a center for art, craft and literature right from the age of Mauryans. Some of the powerful dynasties like Maurya dynasty and Gupta dynasty had always center staged the land of Bihar for culture and craftsmanship. The splendid and supreme perfection of bihari artistry is very well expressed in the handicrafts of Bihar. Some of contemporary crafts of Bihar include Pottery, wooden articles, sikki work, village paper mache work, lacquer work, kashida, tikuli work, moonj wares, zari work and clay toys.
These eccentric artistry have gigantic demands not only in local and national markets, but they have expansive demands in international markets as well. Madhubani Paintings belong to the Mithila region of Bihar. The history of Madhubani Paintings finds its cradle way back to the Ramayana era wherein women profusely practiced this unique design of painting. Madhubani paintings majorly portray the Mother nature in the form of flora and fauna, Hindu deities, rituals and customs of Bihar. Madhubani paintings is used extensively to beautify the cloth, paper, canvas or handicrafts. Handicrafts of village paper mache of Bihar is very famed wherein artisans use paper pulp and adhesive along with wallpaper paste to make beautiful figurines and these figurines or craft are then painted and decorated rigorously.
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