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Jharkhand is a rich state in terms of green forests and mineral reserves. It is also rich as far as the age old traditions, culture, arts and crafts are taken into account.
Large population of tribal people live in villages and so their art and craft bears closeness to nature. The government too has done its bit to popularize indigenous art and craft. Fairs are a good platform where these art forms are displayed for commercial purposes.
Bamboo crafts, paitkar paintings (scroll paintings), metal works, wood crafts, toys and stone carvings are some of the art and craft items of Ranchi.
These are famous all over the globe. They are basically scroll paintings. They depict life after death but have nearly become extinct due to lack of promotion and advertisement.
Ornaments , hunting instruments, agricultural equipments, weapons are made of metal. Tribal women wear jewellery made from metal and colourful beads of different shapes and sizes. Tentri and Malhar communities are experts in this craft.
Usable baskets are beautifully weaved using bamboo. Articles for fishing or hunting and lovely ornaments,boxes and decorative items are also made from bamboo. Bamboo found in this region is thin but very flexible and strong.
This is very popular in areas in and around Ranchi. They are simple yet colourful toys and really well made. Toupadana near Ranchi is a place where beautiful wooden toys are made. These toys have abstract features. Simple pieces of wood are carved to look like human figures. Hands are just painted as coloured lines over the wooden frame but look very artistic.
House hold items and other decorative art pieces are carved out fromwood. These items include windows, door panels, boxes, wooden spoons etc.
Jharkraft is a body to showcase and popularize crafts of Jharkhand state. It has signed an agreement with "Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre'', Guwahati a couple of years ago which aims at popularizing the use of bamboo and creating jobs in this sector. Bamboo is being used not only to make furniture and handicrafts, but also in making agarbatti sticks and other lifestyle articles. Bamboo Treatment Plant has been established in Mansumaria, Chakulia Block of East Singhbhum district. Another plant is in Godda district of Santhal Parganas.
Jharkraft has planned to introduce a new variety of silk in the market known as Bagjobra silk.About 2,600 people of Bagjobra and nearby villages have been trained by Jharkraft in silk production. This project has been named ''Srijan'' and it started on 10th June, 2013. The present Managing Director of Jharkraft is Sri Dhirendra Kumar.
2nd Floor, Rospa Tower, Main Road,Ranchi.
Phone : 0651-2330280, 09234604028
Jharkraft Emporiums in Ranchi:
Jharkraft Emporium, Rospa Tower, Main Road,Ranchi. Phone:9771434667