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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wood carving from Bijnor(UP)

Bijnor is a small town in the district of Saharanpur in north east part of Uttara Pradesh. This has historical wood carving craft tradition dating back to the Mughal period. During my visit to an craft exhibition I came across some craftsmen from Bijnor.
Here are some of the their woodwork:

carved comb
Combs made out of wood
 It is said that some of the carvers moved directly from Iran to Saharanpur and settled here. So we can see the influence of Persian designs in the wood carving.
carved comb
Combs made of wood
 Most of the district is covered with forests. So wood carving is widely practiced in the stat- Saharanpur, Nagina, Pilakhuwa, Bijnor, Aligarh, Bareily, Bulandshahr,Lucknow and Mathura.Nicely carved combs are their specialty.
carved comb
Framed carved combs
Now the wood carvers have extended their art, to meet the customers' requirement. Not only decorative items, they make many puzzles and games from wood.
woodwork puzzle
Many puzzles made of wood

woodwork puzzle
Puzzles and games
 When I checkd the price, these were not very expensive. One should have in woodwork collection.



18 comments:

  1. How beautiful Ranjana...I love wooden handicrafts and whenever we travel around India I cant resist making at least one purchase!

    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  2. I totally adore wooden handicrafts in fact, any type of handicrafts!
    These pieces are absolutely wonderful ! Thanks for the share :)

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  3. Great tribute to those unnamed artisans who live in anonymity!

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    1. Yes Amitji. Some artisans remain unnamed.
      Thank you for visiting my blog

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  4. WOW, These are unique! how wonderfully they have done! Handcrafted items are simply the best :)

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  5. Nice info Ranjana,the wooden puzzles ought to be interesting.

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    1. Yes in these wood works I too found them very interesting

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  6. It must take so much concentration to fashion wood so minutely! Lovely pictures

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  7. Dear Ranjana,
    Thanks for sharing such important information. Could you please tell from which part/place/village of bijnor these craftsman were? Do you have there contact details?
    Please do share with us.
    Prashant 8958500216
    pprashant00@gmail.com

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