Like most of the craft traditions, glass making in India is very old. We find its reference in the great epic of India, the Mahabharata. The art of glassware got great impetus during the medieval period. Mughal rulers provided patronage to the craft of glass making. The credit of introducing the art of glass engraving in India goes to the Mughals. The Mughal craftsmen excelled in making delicate foliated designs on glass objects. The present day glass making industry in India revolves around making items like bottles, bangles, beads, window pens etc.
Glass bangles are an integral part of the traditional Indian jewelry.
Glass bangles of diverse colors are very popular among the womenfolk of
India. Women, particularly the newly wed, wear colorful glass bangles.
Glass bangles continue to be in fashion, with innumerable colors and
patterns, among the women folk of India. Ferozabad, in the state of
Uttar Pradesh, is well known for production of glass bangles and
utilitarian glassware. Here, there are some families having centuries
old tradition of glassware manufacturing. Glass beads of India are
famous world over. Benaras is the main center for the production of
glass beads while Purdilpur is famous for its black glass beads.
There is a great rage for fancy glass products and decorative pieces
like ornate glass chandeliers and lighting pieces, glass sculptures and
engraved crockery, particularly among the urban elites. Glass painting
and stained glasswork is hugely popular these days and is gaining the
status of a unique urban craft. The contemporary Indian glass industry
manufactures a wide range of products like crockery, bottles, stylish
beads, paper weights, glass pens etc. The craftsmen of glass ware
industry are continuously endeavoring to assimilate contemporary ideas
in their work.
The tradition of glass making in India is very old. Indian glassware is world famous since ancient times.