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Crafts Museum

The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, better known as the National Crafts Museum was set up during the period of 1950-60 by the famed freedom fighter Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. It was originally visualised as a place for craftsmen from all over India to gather and work towards preserving traditional handicrafts. As its collection grew, it eventually evolved into a museum. Today, it holds a collection of over 35,000 pieces of rare and diverse workmanship in a whole assortment of mediums and types, including paint, embroidery, clay, stone, textiles, metalwork, ceramic and wood, of which around 3000 are on display. They are all held in a building designed by architect Charles Correa which infuses traditional architecture with modern designs.

The exhibits in the Museum are divided into a number of galleries such as- the Folk and Tribal Craft Gallery- which displays articles from tribal traditions, The Bhuta Sculptures Gallery- which shows sculptures belonging to the Bhuta cult of Karnataka, The Cultic Craft Gallery- which holds a selection of objects used by cults, The Court Craft Gallery- which displays objects made for nobility and The Textile Gallery- which houses an enormous collection of hand woven textiles of every kind. Reading material on the exhibits is also available, as are craft demonstrations by the craftsmen and women who work at the Museum.

The National Crafts Museum can be found by Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

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