National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
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Cedric N
Mumbai, India618 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Had visited this crafts museum in New Delhi a long back ago. This museum is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by tourists.

This museum located at the corner of Pragati Maidan. It is commonly known as National Crafts Museum. This museum houses a village showcasing wooden artifacts, embroidery, artificial jewelry, handicrafts etc. It also has an auditorium, a laboratory, research and documentation facilities etc. This museum is run by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. There are various galleries within the museum. It is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This museum is closed on Mondays. It is accessible from Pragati Maidan metro railway station. Had admired the different types of handicrafts and observed the Craftsmen creating the beautiful handicrafts as a school going child.

This museum is an ideal place for families as well as school children. It is a must visit place and should not be missed when in New Delhi.
Written January 10, 2020
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
At first, stepping out of the autorickshaw, we thought this place looked a little run down. It has certainly seen better, cleaner, tidier days but still has its magic.

We wandered at first through a series of architectural reconstructions, struck mainly by the amazing murals on the sides of buildings. Then reconstructions of buildings from various parts of India caught our attention.

The main attraction for us, though, was the stalls at the back of the outdoor museum, with handicrafts from around the country and skilled merchants from their region of origin. They talk knowledgably about their local crafts but the expectation to buy is strong. We loved the colours, and the handicrafts were both genuine and genuinely good.

A few inddor museum-like areas with some exquisite exhibits. Work on an open courtyard to remake the flooring caught our attention as much as anything else - working mostly by hand, the artisans mixed the concrete and laid the stones.

We came to India to see handicrafts and this was a great place to start. We spent hours here, just marvelling, although we were almost persuaded to buy a Kashmir scarf.

Great restaurant, too.
Written May 8, 2018
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Zelo S
Ottawa, Canada18 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Never been inside the museum but went to the restaurant a few times. Creative twist on Indian flavours and good prices!
Written April 14, 2018
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Dee M
Paris, France23 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Sadly, this could be a really fantastic venue, but it needs refurbishing and the museum and its exhibits are tired and the whole place has a slight feeling of neglect. Having said that some of the textiles in the museum are stunning as are the house recreations.

It was good to see all the different handicrafts, and the different styles of houses from the different regions of India. The cafe was pleasant and the staff helpful. The shop is dowdy but full if interesting items, again from different parts of India. We felt no pressure to buy and, when asked politely, the various traders were happy to allow photographs. If you have plenty of time to find your way round then it is well worth a visit.
Written January 19, 2018
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loltraveller2013
Penrith, Australia268 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
I happened to come across the museum on my way to another place and am not sorry I stopped to have a look. It is quite a big place with lots of exhibits from many states. It is not just craft it also features types of dwellings which vary from state to state and history. You can easily spend a couple of hours there and when you need a break sit in the shade and listen to the birds and watch the little squirrels. I didn't realise how important a place it is.
Written June 28, 2016
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Fred T
Reno, NV741 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
The museum has several areas. One shows houses from several states of India. Another has people making handicrafts from several states -- one can buy what is made. Another is a museum of textiles (but no photos allowed). There is art work from the various states of India.
Written March 27, 2016
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Diego m
Oaxaca, Mexico8 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
It is depressing that this museum, that should showcase with vitality a key aspect of India’s immense cultural heritage, is in such bad conditions.
The museum show some interesting pieces, but few of them are outstanding. I’d say it’s a relatively minor collection. The pieces are badly arranged, as if the cleaning person never put them back properly. There is no information on each pieces, unless one requests it from an unwilling guard.
Some rooms where just unbearable to see. The textiles are full of dust, pilled up as if it was the storage room of a cheap textiles shop, and the lights couldn’t be more crude. Some vitrines where almost empty and totally dirty, and there were even things left on the floor from construction processes. Hard to describe how bad it was, they should just close those rooms at least, if they cannot do at least a decent display.
There were artisans languishing on the patio, trying to sell their goods to the passer by, but the museum provides no information or signage that would help them. Instead, there is a store before the patio selling similar products.
More than half of the rooms where under construction, nevertheless we were charged the complete fee. Ridiculous.
The premises are beautiful but we left sad and angry, thinking of all the wasted potential.
Written June 12, 2019
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Anny454
Chipping Norton, UK97 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
A fairly new museum, where dwellings and structures from all over India have been reconstructed in an open air site to provide a comprehensive resource for folk arts and crafts. Crafts from several areas were on sale direct from the artisans. Some well laid out galleries held displays; others are still awaiting re-arrangement. During our visit dancers from Orissa gave a display. A must for textile enthusiasts and also for those interested in tribal peoples.
Written January 31, 2019
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Witoldzio
Manhattan, KS608 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This place has a variety of folk art representing many regions of India, both in the open air and inside the buildings (some good AC is there too and one can nicely cool down!) The quality of the artworks is simply stunning. One can easily spend an entire day in this place just marveling at the art and learning about various regions. I wanted very much to know where these regions are located, but there were no maps as part of the exhibit (find them on your cell phone, I guess). A very nice cafe with delicious food is attached to this museum. The souvenir store has some very high quality items, but not cheap. The only serious problem was getting out, Uber doesn't recognize the location and asks to walk to the nearest junction, which happened to be under construction!
Written August 3, 2018
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Seemant D
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India57 contributions
May 2017 • Family
On 9th,May 2017, we visited this place and me n my wife we were thinking, it's gonna be very hot, have we made the right choice to come to this place. Well when we gave our car to valet, and entered the place. Both of us we got surprised and a smile came up n we were like yes we have come to the right place. It was so nice, well maintained for a moment we forgot that we are in Delhi , my wife she made a pot from clay with her own hands, thanks to the shop keeper he made her do that. Various types of hut from various culture of various states of India were present. Washroom were well maintained and clean. People from multiple state and culture are allowed to keep the stalls for a month. Every month new vendor of different state run the stall on temporary basis. We had lot of fun a d enjoyed alot. It's a should go and recommended place to visit in Delhi especially if you coming from different state or different country
Written May 9, 2017
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