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Art and Craft

Goa can be compared to any other state in India as far as the arts and crafts are concerned. The art and craft of Goa is the product of the aesthetic blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures. Goans have contributed greatly to the world of music. Many famous names on the Indian music scene originate from Goa. Famous singers such as Lata Mangeshkar and Kishori Amonkar in the classical variety and Remo Fernandes in pop music are from Goa. A large number of Goans have also played a major role in drama and Hindi film industry in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. Konkani literature has produced many great names such as Bakibab Borkar who have contributed to the development of Konkani as a national language with some superlative writing. Goa handicrafts include :

Pottery & Terracotta


These are traditional crafts with utility-cum-decorative items produced by the potters with artistic perfection and realistic finish. The items produced include flower garden pots, bowls with floral designs, figures of saints, Gods' and Goddesses' and animals, ashtrays and pen holders. etc.

Brass metal ware

While utensils of utility are made of sheet metal (copper), brass metal casting is a craft passed on from one generation to another practiced on hereditary basis. The items produced include oil lamps in various designs, candle stands, temple towers, church bells, ashtrays, etc.

Wooden laquerware / Wood turning

The items produced are cradles, baby carts, toys, corner stands, etc.

Crochet & Embroidery

Works such as tablecloths, children and ladies garments, pillow and cushion covers, linen, etc.

Bamboo Craft

Such as flower baskets, mats, and letter-holders, pen stands, fans and other decorative items

Fiber Craft

Shopping bags, ladies purses, coasters and wall hangings, etc. made of banana or sisal fiber.

Jute Macrame Craft

Decorative bags, belts, wall hanging, lamp shades, flower pots, hangers, etc.

Coconut Mask Carving

Done on coconut shells.

Sea Shell Craft

The items produced include ashtrays, lamp shades, coasters, chandeliers, curtains, pot hangers, table mats, clocks, mirror frame, etc.