Sunday, January 17, 2010

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi

It's always a pleasure to discover and rediscover treasures from the past. And we did just that all day Sunday on a visit to the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in New Delhi. Relics from all over the country, belonging to bygone eras are on display accompanied by unobtrusive, thoughtful descriptions. At the Village Complex are hand drawn carts, region-specific huts, and period utensils from across the country. An artisans enclosure houses stalls where you can see artisans at work, and buy their fare.

A bronze figure of Lord Krishna

A chariot

Metal art from Chhattisgarh - (this is half of a gate at the entry to the village complex)

An irrigation system

A kashmiri artisan working on a shawl, that will be completed in about a year's time.

If you ever find yourself touring in Delhi, do visit this museum (entry Rs 10/ for adults, Re 1/ for kids).
A similar concept can bee seen in South India, at Dakshinachitra, 35 km from Chennai. We were fortunate to visit there too, just a few days ago.
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  1. Thanks for the tour of the museum, the relics and artwork are wonderful. Great photos.

  2. What a marvelous, informative and very interesting post! I would love to visit there! Your photos are terrific! That shawl that takes a year to finish is awesome! Thanks for sharing a wonderful part of your world! Enjoy your week!


  3. Beautiful shots, India is steeped in historical monuments and colour. Thanks for sharing:)

  4. Beautiful handicrafts, each one very unique.

  5. Thank you, all. The lower 4 pictures show
    1. Iron storage utensils (Gujarat)
    2. Wooden hut of Himachal Pradesh
    3. 'Uruli', a cooking pan from South India
    4. The entrance to a haveli in Rajasthan

  6. I always enjoy a walk around the museum, all the historical value makes me feed my knowledge and i feel that i grow up like a person. I like to try what i want to prove. this is when i buy viagra for my husband. whenever i have a doubt, i mus to satisfy my curiosity.


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