GI Protected Wood, Glass, Paper, Stone, Ivory etc. Artworks

Various art products of India involving wood, glass, paper, stone, ivory etc. are as follows:

Sikki Grass Work of Bihar

Sikki grass crafts are various handicrafts that are made from a special kind of grass known as sikki found in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India. The art of making items from sikki grass is an ancient one in the province of Bihar.Sikki is dried and the flower head is cut off. The resulting fine golden fibre is used in weaving to make toys, dolls, and baskets (dolchi). Items are sometimes painted. Boxes made of sikki known as pauti are given to daughters by parents on the occasion of their wedding. The boxes are used to hold sindoor, ornaments, and jewellry.

Bastar Wooden Craft

Bastar Wooden Crafts are traditional Indian wooden crafts that are manufactured in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state, India. The wood-crafting work has been protected under the Geographical indication. Woodcraft in Bastar has beautiful and unique form of art that was mastered by Bastar tribal and it helps their livelihood. The handicrafts product has decent market in different parts of India as well as in some foreign countries. They use teak wood, Indian Rosewood, whitewood and other finest wood to craft various handicraft items. Bastar Wooden Craft has been exhibited at “Durbar Hall Art Gallery”.

Maddalam of Palakkad

The maddalam or madhalam is a drum made out of the wood of the jackfruit tree. It has two sides for playing, made out of leather, and has different kind of sounds on each side. The maddalam is a heavy instrument which is hung around the waist of the person playing, and the player stands all the while to perform. The maddalam is a vital instrument in traditional Kerala percussion ensembles like Panchavadyam, Keli and kathakali orchestra.

Screw Pine Craft of Kerala

Screw pine craft of Kerala is the craft of making different types of mats and wall hangings using the leaves of the screw pine plant as practiced by artisans in Kerala. Weaving of mats using leaves of the screw pine plants is a craft practiced mostly by women in Kerala. This craft, which is practised by artisans in all the districts of Kerala, has been in existence as long ago as 800 years. The mats produced by screw pine have a significant role in the traditional customs of Kerala.

Konark Stone carving

Stone carving and sculpting is an ancient practice in the Indian state of Odisha. Stone carving is practiced by artisans mainly in Puri, Bhubaneswar, and Lalitgiri in the Cuttack district, though some carvings can be found in Khiching in the Mayurbhanj District.  The art form primarily consists of custom carved works, with the Sun Temple of Konark and its intricate sculpture and delicate carvings on the red vivid sandstone exemplifying the superb workmanship of the artisans of Odisha.

Sankheda furniture

Sankheda furniture is colourful teak wood furniture of Gujarat, treated with lacquer and painted in traditional bright shades of maroon and gold. It is made in Sankheda village, which is located about 45 kilometres from Vododara. The product is not only widely marketed in India but is also exported to other countries like Europe and West Asia. The product was registered by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks in 2007.

Santiniketan Leather Goods

Santiniketan Leather Goods are leather products made in Santiniketan and surrounding villages near Kolkata, West Bengal. The material used is vegetable tanned leather with art work done by touching dyeing. Its artistic leather bags are popular in foreign markets and are exported to many foreign countries like Japan and US. They are generally made of E.I. Leather (East India Leather) from sheepskin and goatskin. In 2007 it was registered under the GI Act 1999.

Nirmal Furniture

Nirmal Furniture is furniture made in Nirmal, Adilabad, Telangana. It received Geographical Indication rights in 2009. It is handmade wooden furniture.

Tirukanur Papier Mache Craft

Tirukanur Papier Mache Craft” is a popular craft work in which is made of paper pulp coarsely meshed and mixed with copper sulphate and rice flour molded into the desired shape and always excellent in workmanship and design.

Kashmir Paper Mache

Paper mache is one of the most beautiful handicrafts of Kashmir. The construction of paper mache products has two essential processes which involves making of the object and cleaning of forest pine Kaylier (one of the pine variety). It is believed that the craft has traveled from Iran to Kashsmir and was introduced by King Zainul Abidin. Iranian name of the craft is Kari Qalamdane which means a pen stand.

Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving

Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving is wood carving work that is manufactured in the Jammu & Kashmir. Juglans regia tree that grows highly in Kashmir region, uses for wood carving, and Kashmir is one of a few places for availability of walnut trees. Walnut wood uses to make and carve tables, jewelry boxes, trays, etc

Bobbili Veena

Bobbili Veena is a large plucked string instrument used in Carnatic classical music. The Veena is named after Bobbili, a place where it was invented. In 2011 the musical instrument got a Geographical Indication tag from the Government of India.


Khatamband is an art of making ceiling, by fitting small pieces of wood (preferably walnut or deodar wood) into each other in geometrical patterns. The process is not done through machines but is painstakingly hand crafted and that too without using any nails.

Chettinad Kottan

The Chettinad Kottan which is the traditional palm leaf basket, handmade tiles made in the village of Athangudi, the Kandanghi sari both in cotton and silk, the Chettinad lime-egg plaster and plastic baskets.

Thanjavur Veenai

Around 100 families from Viswakarma community residing in a small locality in Thanjavur city have been keeping the Veena-making art alive even after many of their people quit the profession.The Veenas are made from matured jackfruit tree wood brought from Panruti in Cuddalore district.

Firozabad Glass

Glass is believed to have been brought to India by Muslim invaders. Firozabad developed as the centre for glass work, meeting the demand for chandeliers.

Saharanpur Wood Craft

Wood carving is done entirely by hand. In Saharanpur, sheesham is generally the wood of choice, though teak, rosewood, walnut and mango are also used. Designs are first made on paper, and transferred onto the wood using ink.

Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys

Varanasi wooden lacquerware & toys is an ancient craft, where the toys are made in wood with sets of birds, animals, orchestras, and dance ensembles available packed in boxes. These toys are gaily painted and typically Indian but not folk in design. Earlier sal or seesham was used in the making of the toys but due to increased prices, cheaper, lighter wood is now being used. The paints are bright and usually applied in primary colours. Varanashi wooden lacquerware & toys art is protected under Intellectual property rights after getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2015.

Mysore Rosewood Inlay

Mysore Rosewood Inlay covers a range of techniques used by artisans in around the area of Mysore in sculpture and the decorative for inserting pieces of contrasting, often coloured materials like ivory shells, mother-of-pearl, horn & Sandalwood into depressions in a rosewood object to form ornament or pictures that normally are flush with the matrix. These are manufactured in around the region of Mysore, theses artifacts have been awarded Geographical Indication tag from the Government of India in 2005 due to its historic representation as an artifact depicting the region and the design and style used by the local artisans.

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