The State of Karnataka, that is made up of three geographical zones – the coastal region of Karavalli, the hilly Malenadu region, including the Western Ghats and the Bayaluseeme region that spreads over the plains of the Deccan plateau,is home to some 80 craft traditions. Temples and royal courts, over the years, provided patronage to practitioners of arts and crafts and became bustling centres of creative activity. The onslaught of globalisation and modernisation, led to the disappearance of some languishing crafts. On the other hand, many of the crafts survived; some flourishing and even competing in export markets.

    Wood Carving Sandalwood Carving Wood Inlay Wood Lac Turnery Painted Woodware Bronze Metal Casting Bell Metal Casting Sheet Metal Embossing Bidri Metal Work Stone Carving Natural Fibre Crafts Jewellery Traditional Mysore Painting Ganjifa Cards Chittara Folk Painting Yakshagana Costumes Puppetry Mysore Silk Molakalmuru Ilkal Cotton sarees Khadi cotton textiles Kasuti Embroidery Banjara Embroidery Durries