Himachali jewellery is a very popular craft; mostly the metal jewelry and chunky beads have high demand from buyers. Tribal communities of Himachal are decorated by traditional attire which has different types of ornaments, on the whole body. himachali markets gets totally full by stalls of necklaces, amulets, rings, pendants, daggers; all these items are so delightful that, you will definitely buy something for yourself. Artisans make jewellery in gold and silver. Jewellery makers of Rajput kingdom such as Mandi, Kangra, Kullu and Chamba are very popular because of their designing skills. These jewellery makers mostly work in silver and some times in green and blue enameling. They produce elegant jewellery items like ornaments of hair, anklets, bangles and ornaments of foreheads and necklaces called as chandanhaars with the pendant of mother goddess. Their old jewellery pattern called Kangra, consists pattern of anklets silver which has the design of archaic, birds etc. but the bad thing is that all these old jewellery patterns are no longer in practice. But you can see these jewellery in the museums like Bhuri Singh which is in Chamba, Museum of Kangra Art; it is at Dharamsala and The State Museum, at Shimla. Within the Pahari women, coin necklaces are very famous. Many Pahari women wish to wear this necklace. Himachali women wear jewellery like bangles, heavy anklets and bracelets of silver in the shape of a lion and crocodile heads.
Metal Craft :
The life of the people of Himachal is highly influenced by religious beliefs and rules; their worship process is very elaborative. To worship, the temples need many specimens, which are made by metalwork. Metal contains copper, tin, brass, bell metal and iron. Despite the shining statues, there are many objects which are made by using metal like lamps, handles, bells, incense burner, brass or silver low settees, musical instrument ornate and vessels.One more unique metal object, which generally uses a lota or a small pot which is used to store water or carry water can be found in various places in different shapes, is an amazing thing about this object. Similar to this, there are many metal things used at home. Some of the homes designer metal objects, carved panels, teapots, doorknobs, smoking pipes and other numerous artifacts. Metal workers still create magical metal crafts; which is the state’s old tradition which the people follow.Another unique metal art is Mohra. This metal art represents the symbol of a deity, which is very general in Chamba & Kullu. Goddess mask and other Gods mask is not common, but most of their mask represent the mask of Shiva. These masks are mostly made by brass, bronze or silver; then the Pujari or worshipper blesses those masks before he installs it in a temple. The mohras head is usually sculpted in relief bold, whereas the shoulders and neck is treated more carefully. Mohra craft is manufactured in Himachal from many years; it is around one thousand four hundred years old and still Mohara craft is practiced by the people. On the festivals like Kullu Dussehra, people take out this craft from the temple.
Doing embroidery must be Himachali women's favourite work; if you go to any house, you will find women doing embroidery. These women decorate their house by this craft, they make embroidery things like handfans, rumals, cholis, coverlets, gaumukhi, rumals and many other decorative things. This craft may be a traditional craft of miniature drawing or the creativity of Himachli women. Creating such beautiful pieces and living within this designer atmosphere is a major part of the pahari Culture .Their great embroidered silky rumals in the color of orange and red of Chamba place are just eye catching material. Women who are situated in Chamba; have completed thousand years in maintaining this tradition. The rumals which they make are shawls in actual and it is made to use as a head cover cloth. In this rumal craft, the artisans make the design which displays the different scenes from great epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Krishna & Radha and Rass lila. Usually they do embroidery on the silk or fine fabric and tussar fabric. The stitching is so fine , that there is no chance of thread coming out and knots; when they stitch on both the sides of the rumal. The artisans make embroidery on cream or white color background; and on this plain background they use colorful and dazzling threads. The duration to complete this embroidered rumal is around a month; and after that the buyers get the finely embroidered rumal.
Accessories and Garments :
People of Himachal like to dress up nicely.Everyday, they wear very colorful clothes, like they are celebrating festivals on each day. The Gujjar community people of HImachal wear beautifully embroidered kurtas in linear and circular pattern. Where as Chamba people, dress up with lots of accessories,which have beautiful rumals, which are worn by the beautiful Himachali women; and rings, bangles which are made by using the grass shoes of bright pattern and horsehair. Lahul people wear footwear of their own tradition; and with their shoes men like to wear noticeable socks. You will get socks which are hand wooven and in variety of interesting and modern pattern. . They not only make for themselves but they also sell in the Himachal market or bazzars, with mufflers, caps and gloves for local people and tourists. In Himachali bazzar, you will also find the Kullu cap or topi, in brown or grey shades; you can easily recognize it by its flat top. There are also varieties of colorful bands which are woven with the striking fabric, which makes these bands very attractive and neat.
Stone Craft :
Because Himachal is a hilly region,it has several types of stone on the hill region. Himchali people make this natural gift to create artistic craft. You will find stone carving art in each corner of Himachal Pradesh. Temples like Baijinath of Masrur and Lakshminarayan of the Kangra Valley are attractive examples of Shikhara stone. On some places, you will find the stone memorial which is carved; the stone is known as Panihars; mostly near the area of fountains and temples. Himachali carvers drudge the stone and creates numerous types of stone artifacts which can be seen and bought from their markets. These artifacts contains mortar and pestle, stoves made by stone which are traditional, mill stones which are used to make powder of grains, pots in circular shape to store something and many other things. For stone carving, himachali people concentrate majorly on Kinnaur, Mandi , Shimla and Mandi Hills.