Handicraft have always been an important and integrated part of the Indian culture and tradition of the people The Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board established in the year 2001, is an undertaking of Government of Chhattisgarh. The main objective of the Board is to achieve all round development in the field of handicrafts and to revive the vanishing crafts of the State.
In order to provide marketing facilities to the products of craftsman the board has established emporium in brand name of “Shabari “ across the India and in the Chhattisgarh State. The Board is successfully operating India’s first “ Mobile Emporium “ selling the handicrafts of Chhattisgarh and across the India.
- Printing possibly is the most innovative adaptation of an earlier art form,Godna in its current form ispracticed by a handful of women in Jamgala, a village in Lakhanpur block of Surguja.
- The women in this region traditionally used to adorn their bodies with tattoo of late this trend had declined to a point where even the older ladies adept at making tattoo went out of practice.
- The artisan create the artifact – printing on fabric, silk, brass, pottery, jute bags, cotton saries, designer papers, greeting cards etc.
- Godna craft is practiced in Surguja district of the State.
- The soft red soils from the riverbed are gently kneaded by the potter’s hands into utility items as well as contemporary decorative pieces. The potter mould the pliant soil from the river’s upper layer into gentle curves and shapes, baking them in a slow fire from the deeper layers of the river bed his nimble hands created pots or matkas, elephants, horses and lamps.
- Various artifacts ranging from interior and exterior decoration are created. Vessels, lamps, nandi, flower pots are made out of clay.
- Clay art is practiced every where in Chhattisgarh.