The handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh have distinct touch of the state. Some of the popular crafts of MP include textile weaving, hand printing, carpet weaving, colored lacquer ware, bead crafts, glass beads, wood, shell & white metal jewelry, terracotta figures and containers, rag dolls and toys.Gwalior's Batto Bai doll made of bamboo, paper and rags is another extremely popular craft of the state. These four to five feet in height dolls feature tribal designs and motifs that look beautiful. The state also features many ethnic art forms preserved by the tribal.
eathr skin toys madeof goat leather, natural look toys, hairy tiger, horse and deer, giraff, cat and dog etc.
Cane and bamboo are the two most commonly-used materials in daily life in Madhya Pradesh.Products ranging from household implements to construction of dwelling houses to weaving accessories to musical instruments are made in bamboo.No mechanical devices are used in the craft, which is mainly a household industry.Besides basket-weaving, bamboo is used chiefly in the construction of houses and fencing.The craft traditionally provides part-time employment to cultivators in the lean season, although, increasingly, full-time artisans engaged in commercial activity can be found now.
Bamboo products are in evidence everywhere in Madhya Pradesh.There are innumerable types and shapes of the bamboo basket, varying with the use to which they are put.The men of the household usually weave the bamboo baskets.Each district has its own distinctive style. In general, conical baskets are used as carrying baskets and square or round bottomed ones are used for storage.An example is the Madhya Pradesh bamboo basket from Bhopal.
This has a square base that is capped inwards so that the corners of the square act as a support and it has a wide mouth.It is used for storing betel nuts.The Bodo bamboo basket is made with the help of a mould, which is used to get the shape of the neck and the mouth.From the neck to the bottom, brown paper is made into a cone and put into the basket so that its tip touches the bottom.Sand is filled inside to retain the shape of the cone and the weaving follows the shape of the cone.