Archaeological and literary evidences point towards the existence of glass in India from ancient times. There is mention of glass in the epic Mahabharata. The Mughals perceived the aesthetic potential of glass. Glass articles like bowls, tumblers and bottles for precious stuff like Indian scents (attars) were popular during that time. New designs and exquisite shapes in a variety of rich colours kept blossoming. The Mughals have left beautiful specimens of engraved glass with delicate foliated decorations.

Glass bangles constitute a world of their own, with infinite varieties, colours and styles. Hyderabad is renowned for the sonabai bangles and the churi ka jodas studded with sparkling semi-precious and artificial gemstones. Glass items such as phials, bottles, jars, lamp chimneys are attractively made and the shapes have a wide range. Glass animals are also becoming popular.  Varanasi specializes in glass beads and a type of very thin glass called tikuli. Patna uses the tikuli technique for decorations. The oriental shapes, designs and the typical Indian colours in glass make Indian glassware distinct.  Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh is another important centre for glassware.  Saharanpur makes beautiful toys filled with coloured liquid called panchkora.  




Egg Art in India




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