Being a home to many diverse cultures, the state of Karnataka is a great blend of all its ethnic groups. Boasting of its rich heritage from even before the time of Tipu Sultan, the state has always maintained its lustrous appearance. The state of Karnataka is known for many indigenous products of utmost quality. Here is a look at some of the best products of Karnataka.
- Mysore Silk
KSIC Mysore silk, as it is sometimes called due to the ownership of the silk factory by KSIC for over seven decades now, is a quality silk which is truly unparalleled. Around 70% of mulberry silk produced in India is produced by the state of Karnataka. The quality and richness of the Karnataka silk is something the industry has inherited from the rich cultural history of Mysore. KSIC uses high quality silk and 100% pure zari which looks fresh even after a long time of usage for all its products, be it the saree, salwar kameez, or the likes.
- Mysore Pak
Karnataka is the producer of one of the best Indians sweets; the Mysore Pak. The ingredients are only ghee, sugar and gram flour, but making that needs special skills. Only an experienced chef can get the right taste and softness which imparts a divine sensation to the taste buds of those who take so much as a nibble of it. Crumbling softly under the pressure of teeth, it leaves an aftertaste in your mouth that makes you long for it over and over again.
- Sandalwood Handicrafts
Sandal wood is native to the deciduous forests of Karnataka. Intricate carving in sandal wood has been practiced in Karnataka for over 1000 years. This expert skill handed down for generations, is concentrated in the Uttara Kannada and Bangalore districts of Karnataka.
Talking about sandalwood, Mysore charm the fragrance of this soft wood which is extensively used to produce beautiful art pieces. There are vast range of sandalwood product carves by the highly skilled workers, the gudigar families of Shimoga, Uttara Kannada and Mysore districts specialize in this craft. Krishna images are very popular among the devout, besides articles like lamp shades, trays, jewel boxes, decorative articles, combs and even walking sticks with rosewood handles.
- Mysore Peta
If you ever happen to come across a painting of the erstwhile Kings of Mysore, you will surely be bedazzled equally, if not more, by the turban, or peta as the colorful and rich attire they wear. Crafted with fine silk and gold threaded lace, the Mysore Peta was an integral part of the royal wardrobe. In the olden days it was used by the king and handed out to those who were appreciated of their value by the king. Although the state is not ruled by a king anymore, the prominence of Peta as a unique Karnataka crafting commodity has never diminished by the slightest of amounts. It is a highly popular product that is produced on a considerably high scale, with people of all classes donning it now and then. Even politicians have developed quite a liking to it.
- Channapatna Toys
A very subtle yet famous all the same type of Karnataka craft are the particular form of wooden toys called Channapatna toys. The commencement of their production occurred during the reign of Tipu Sultan, who had invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the aforementioned craft. The glossy and attractive dolls and other toys have been playthings for children for a long time now. Although the industry faced stiff competition and possible extinction, it is back on track with the aid of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation, which provides assistance and marketing efforts to the craft, thereby reviving the artisans and preserving the one of the most famous of all Karnataka crafts.
These are only a few of the best products of Karnataka which top the list. The sheer demand of these products is enough indication of their uniqueness and quality. Craftsmen producing these goods have been excelling in their art, and backed by the state government, have kept the name of Karnataka untarnished as the state that produces even the simplest of products with the highest levels zeal and subtleness, imparting an elegance in such products.
- Karnataka Mysore Paintings
The story of Karnataka's arts and crafts is never comprehensive without a reference to the traditional Mysore paintings. The art dates back to the Ajanta times and to the reign of the Vijayanagar kings. It was a ruler with a creative vision-Mummadri Krishnaraja Wadiyar-who revived the art of painting. The delicate lines, the graceful delineation of figures and the discreet use of bright vegetable colors and lustrous gold leaf, make the traditional paintings of Mysore very stylish and attractive. Many senior traditional painters have now started schools to teach this art to the younger generation. Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore, which has a fantastic set of old paintings, has also started a school headed by the living doyen of traditional painting, Subramanya Raju.
- Ivory Carving
Lvory carving is another well-liked craft prevailing in the entire state. Articles carved delicately without excessively ornate image adjoining the figures, mostly showcasing the figures of god and goddess. Some of Mysore's work of genius in ivory is now preserved in the Heritage Museum in Russia and in the South Kensington Museum, London.
- The Craft of Wood Carving
Karnataka has come to occupy pride of place in the field of wood carving. Holding a Vast densely populated forest reserves, the State provides enough raw material for its craftsmen who continue to employ age-old techniques for carving, inlay-work, coating, painting and lacquer articles in wood.
Ancient temple wood structural design is the foremost variety of wood carving, where wood has been used comprehensively and carved finely into delicate sculptures.
The ceilings and gateways of royal homes and the temples showcase hundreds of intricately carved images of gods and goddesses. Rosewood articles are a one of the shopper's delight, and tourist take home with them articles or sculpture carved out of rosewood, beautifully carved rosewood elephant is most famous of all.
Mysore craftsmen have acquired expertise in wood inlay work making exquisite articles delineating picturesque beauty, tranquil scenes and lot more. The Maharaja's palace in Mysore and the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapattna is the foremost specimen of master craftsmanship where visitors get stun by the startling delicacy in the work.
Courtesy from http://www.karnatakatourism.org and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karnataka