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‘The Land of the Kings (Rajas)’, the name itself denotes the real meaning of Rajasthan. Formerly known as Rajputana, which means the country of Rajputs has a glorious history of brave kings and their deeds. Rajasthan is a beautiful state with a much beautiful art and architecture, more than popular for its folk culture. Rajasthan is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. Situated in the western side of India is considered to be a hot state. Very famous for its Great Indian Desert, commonly known as Thar Desert and is the most popular tourist destination.

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The ‘Heart of India’ situated right in the centre of a multi cultural and divine heritage country, popularly known as Madhya Pradesh (MP), is famous for its heritance. The meaning of Madhya Pradesh literally means Central Province.

No other state in India, but Madhya Pradesh, enmeshes so many different flavors of tradition and culture. The state is a cauldron that incessantly connects the various aspects of its multi-dimensional culture and still upholds a beautifully amalgamated heritage that retains its distinctive zeal. It is home to people professing all the major religions of India, who dwell in perfect harmony and amity. Apart from them, numerous colorful tribes add on to the vibrant cultural collage of the state. In fact, variety finds manifestation in spectacular forms here.

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Bell Metal originally is a hard alloy of about three parts of copper to one of tin, used for making bells. Also known as the dhokra craft, it is one of the most popular handicrafts from Madhya Pradesh.

 

Somewhere near the edge of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, in Tikamgarh, bell metal casting has been practiced for many centuries. From canons and war weapons, to bullock carts and cattle bells for the farmer, to temple decorations, bell metal is used in all.

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The tribes of Madhya Pradesh have a distinctive art to painful yet skillful formation of paintings or idols of their God/Deity. Tribes find it harmonious and peaceful to include God in any and everything they do. The craftsmen who worship Pashupatinath, make idols of Pashupatinath in brass and copper.

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The largest tribes of Baiga are found in Madhya Pradesh. A study by the Anthropological Survey of India and the Texas-based Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research identified seven genomes from 26 isolated "relic tribes" (sic) from the Indian mainland, Baiga being one of them, which share "two synonymous polymorphisms with the M42 haplogroup, which is specific to Australian Aborigines." These were specific mtDNA mutations that are shared exclusively by Australian aborigines and these Indian tribes, and no other known human groupings.

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The term "decorative arts" is a traditional term for a rather unwieldy range of artistic disciplines concerned with the design and ornamentation of items, usually functional.

 

Madhya Pradesh is not called the ‘heart of India’ only because of its location on the centre of the country. It has been home to the cultural heritage, and the authentic and inspirational decor that it holds. Madhya Pradesh is famous for its handicrafts that depict creative craftsmanship and hereditary skills of the people as well as add a unique charm to the state's culture. Those artistic pieces of crafts work include woven cotton or silk sarees, fabrics with block prints, stuffed toys, floor coverings, bamboo work, cane work, jute work, woodcraft, iron craft, stone craft, metal craft, terracotta, zari work, folk paintings, ornaments, dolls and papier mache.

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Maheshwari Saree is a blend of cotton and silk fabric woven in varied designs with zari and brocade. Originating from the town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Maheshwari fabric is mainly used in making a saree other than dupattas and Salwar-Kameez.

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The finest form of silk is Kosa Silk aka Tussar Silk or Tussah. Light golden sheen in Kosa makes it perfect for every small or big occasion. It can be worn to social gatherings, small get together, work meetings; the list is endless. Kosa silk is considered as an ideal and auspicious fabric to be worn in weddings and religious ceremonies. A very light and airy fabric is not heavy or hefty. Its drape is very feminine, elegant and gracious, and makes you look gorgeous.

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Bagh print is a traditional hand block print with natural colors.  Its name is derived from the village Bagh on the banks of the Bagh River in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The Indian craftsman, Ismail Sulemanji Khatri gave a new meaning to the generations old block printing craft of Bagh, by transforming it into an elegant, much popular print today. From a near forgotten tribal art, today Bagh prints have left an imprint in the textile and art Industry. Originally used only on lehengas and ghagras, today the prints create beautiful sarees, dress materials, bed covers and more.

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In India, sarees or saree is the traditional clothes worn by women. The existence of saree, as per the researchers can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization. The sarees are the oldest traditional clothes that to date are the most elegant attire worn in the Indian women attire. The common material that was used in making sarees before was silk, cotton and some other suitable materials. 

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