No country in the world produces such a tempting array of arts and crafts as India. Intensely colourful, delicately worked, exquisitely ornate and immensely varied, India’s crafts have the added advantage of being amazingly inexpensive. Every part of the country has its specialities – textiles in Rajasthan, metalwork in Karnataka, carpets in Kashmir, thangkas in Ladakh, leatherware in Maharashtra and batik in Orissa – but everywhere you’ll see beautiful things that you’ll find hard to resist buying. Whether it’s sumptuous fabrics, intricate carvings or garish knick-knacks, India offers a feast of artistic creations that you’ll want to gorge on.

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Living the past: the ancient professions of Old Delhi

Living the past: the ancient professions of Old Delhi

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Video: the essence of India

Video: the essence of India

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04 May 2017 • Colt St. George videocam Video
In pictures: the little-visited treasures of South India

In pictures: the little-visited treasures of South India

After a week-long whistle-stop tour of central India's least-visited attractions, travel writer and photographer Lottie Gross shares her favourite photos. In…

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