Goa once known for its jewelry now has a rich tradition of handicrafts. One can also see artisans in remote Villages crafting beautiful traditional items. Ranges of handicrafts from 100 rural artisans are displayed for sale at many places in Goa by the Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) owned by the state. Some of the art and craft of Goa comprise of:
Goa's artisans mould brass into various designs and shapes. Some of them include a hanging oil lamp, statue, candle stands, ashtrays and the most famous handicraft of Goa, the lamp Samai that is a tree like oil lamp with flower motifs. The art of crafting brass metal still surprises modern techniques in simplicity and beauty even though it is generations old.
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In Goa this art also known as 'wood turning' is a century old. Here a variety of attractive toys and decorative cum utility items are created with great skill after special wood is manipulated. Some of the items created include corner stands, baby carts, cradles etc.
In this art waste paper is put to good use and colorful items used in daily life are made such as jewellery boxes, wall hangings, pen stands and flower vases.
One of the oldest arts practiced in Goa is bamboo and crane craft introduced by the Mahar community artisans who produced items for fishermen and farmers. Some of the items produced are flower pots, baskets, pen stands, and lightweight furniture and letter holders.
One of the arts that continues to lend character to Goan homes and in which each art piece is known for its artistic finish is terracotta pottery. It includes items such as pen holders, decorative flower pots, floral designs, ashtrays and figurines of saints and gods and it is also one of the earliest arts known to mankind.
This intricate art that has adapted well to the changing times and is constantly evolving is one of the best examples of eastern and western influences on Goan culture. Items such as photo frames, idols, mirror frames, book shelves and boxes are carved by the Goan craftsmen today.
beaches in Goa are a shell collector's delight and seashell craft has become a full-fledged art with recent design innovations. Some of the items produced are chandeliers, lampshades, curtains, coasters, mirror frames, ashtrays etc.
Some of the other crafts in Goa include embroidery, crochet, jute macram- derived from an old lace form, fibre tone carving, batik prints, coconut carving that is a figure from a coconut shell, silver and imitation jewelry, fabric collage, cotton dolls and soft toys, metal embossing, wooden tapestry and artistic weaving.