Handicrafts of Haryana
The role of craft development in Haryana, unlike in any other states of India such as Rajasthan, never benefited from royal patronage. Primarily an agrarian society, its craft tended to be simple and utilitarian in nature. But what does exist constitutes a vigorous and colourful rendition of old traditions, as is evident from its exotic handlooms, pottery and woodwork.
Handlooms & Embroidery:-
Panipat remains an active centre, even today for its repertoire of handloom goods, in particular upholstery material, rugs and 'durrees'. The women having done with their chores would weave the 'khes', a thick cover in natural shades and a series of wide ranging shapes and sizes of 'durrees' for their household needs. The 'punja durrees', so named after a particular form of weaving, is also popular in the export market. The region around Kurukshetra, Ambala and Karnal is a centre for embroidery work & 'salwar kameez' suits for ladies.
Pottery & Wrought Iron:-
Ranging from the simple clay pots to decorative ones, Haryana has an old tradition of pottery making. The clay pitchers of Jajjhar are in great demand, for the kind of clay they are made from, for storing water. The colourful Khurja-style pottery is also being made in villages around Gurgaon and Faridabad. The ironmonger churns out decorative and utility items, which are also available at the local fairs. The candle stands, wrought iron flower holders and wide ranging furniture items are doing well in the local and export market.
Basketry & Leatherwork:-
Basket weaving is an essential part of seasonal life. The 'sarkanda' reed is used to make the popular 'sundhra' basket, which is traditionally used as a kind of hot case. The 'tila' (gold wire) 'juttis' of Rewari are another popular buy. The output of the craftsman from the villages around Rewari, chiefly comprising of 'juttis', slippers and 'mojris' for kids, has found a good export market. The village of Mandor around Faridabad produces bags, belts and caps made of leather.