Did you know this timeless art goes as far back as ancient Egypt era? The best example to cite is of a statue of a man displayed in the Museum of Cairo in Egypt. It possibly dates back to 4,000 BC reflecting the long tradition of wood carving appreciated all over the world.
India is naturally blessed with both soft and hard woods. The country boasts a rich history of carved wood art. The diversity in culture and religion has long been reflected through the incredible handicrafts of India from different regions. For instance, Assam takes pride in ‘namghar’ or ‘kirtanghar’ which are carved thrones in peacock’s shape. In Gujarat, we see huge chests called ‘pataras’. Artisans dexterously carve them out of rosewood, teak or sandalwood as part of wedding trousseau.
Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, takes inspiration from themes like animals, birds, mythical creatures and dance forms. Artisans skillfully depict different gods and goddesses riding their chariots; the most popular being Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, and Vishnu’s Dashavtara idols.
Wooden panels with mythology themes are very popular in TamilNadu & Andhra Pradesh
Available at Bangalore:-Central Cottage(Bangalore)
Available at Chennai:-The Museum Company
Shops in Delhi:–Cauvery Karnataka State Arts and Crafts Emporium, Poonam Backliwal, Utkalika, Poompuhar (Tamil Nadu State Govt undertaking), Dilli Haat
Available at Mumbai:–The Bombay Store, Amber