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Long back foreign invaders didn't call India the Golden Bird for nothing. Afterall, India is the land of ethnicity and rich cultural heritage. Be it any art of this country, there is an ethereal beauty in its soil, people and creations which leaves everyone in awe. Since ancient times, India has attracted people from all over the world because of its natural biodiversity, diverse art forms, culture, cuisines and not to forget its handicrafts.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Every region and village of India has something unique to offer when it comes to hand crafted products and these products say a lot about the customs, lifestyle and culture of people residing in that part. The fascination for Indian handicrafts is obvious among people both nationals and tourists who visit India. Be it traditional jewellery, antique furniture, artistic and unusual pottery, exquisite stone, metal and marble craft, or authentic textile weaved in handlooms, India has a lot to offer.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

The intricacy and dexterity found in handicrafts of India ups their value in the Indian and International market. Not only are these hand crafted products are hit in the local market but handicrafts exported to other countries counts for a major source of expenditure or local craftsmen and artisans. For most craftsmen and artisans, creating handmade products is a source of livelihood as handicraft manufacturing makes up a large section of the cottage industry in India.

Furthermore, it is also a flourishing business for handicraft exporters who make large profits by merchandizing the local handicrafts in International markets. Places like Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Banaras, Mysore, Kerala, Bengal, Bihar and all the North Eastern states are considered the hub of Indian handicraft items.

Mentioning a few famous handcrafted products would be unjust to the others. Those who are connoisseurs of metal crafts, India has a lot to offer in metals like bras, copper, silver, gold and enameled. Be it antique jewellery or figurines, utensils or showpieces with fine engravings, metal craft in India will leave you mesmerized.

Wooden crafts found in India are equally exquisite. The nature of intricate engraving and polishing done on wooden handicraft items is a delight for any household or establishment. The same lavish style can be seen in the sculptures and decoratives carved out of stone like marbles, granite, red-stone and the likes. Indian art is also apparent in the textiles weaved in different states which would could easily pass for heirlooms.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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