The North-East Indian state of Assam, is a land of wonder filled with culture, colour and traditions in each nook and corner of the region. Every single person belonging to Assam takes great pride in the beauty as well as in the talent existing in the place. One such talent of Assam is the art of creating beautiful handicraft pieces.
The handicrafts designed and developed by the magical hands of the craftsmen in Assam, represent the region’s primitive simplicity, elegance and purity that too in its rarest form. They not only add beauty to the land, but even contribute to Assam’s economy and reputation as well. Visitors from all around the globe tend to visit Assam and buy these hand crafted items to add a tiny piece of Assam’s creation in their own homes.
Our world today has evolved by a great extent and everything has become available digitally, through the online platforms. We can order the things that we want to buy with just a finger’s tap on our smartphones/PCs/Laptops. Assam too has hopped on this modern train of selling indigenous goods, dresses, food, etc. online, but compared to the other Indian states, this journey of Assam is very new.
Some of the mesmerizing handicrafts of Assam include the items like – Japi, Cane and Bamboo decorative items, Cane and Bamboo furniture, Cane and Bamboo items for daily usage, handmade wooden jewellery and the list goes on and on. However, the truth is that Assam is only at its initial stage of the journey of selling such craft items nationally/globally.
Popular online shopping applications and websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Indiamart and Ethnicpip are a few that have been selling Assamese handicrafts for sometime. But when it comes to applications and sites designed by the local people of Assam themselves, specifically for the purpose of selling the crafts made in Assam, there are a countable number available, that are specifically made for this cause.
We have compiled a list of some of the Assamese websites and online applications, that sell Assmaese handicrafts, with an aim to promote our indigenous goods. Also, the list below follows no particular order.
1) Assam Clicks: The app is a highly vibrant Assamese online shopping app, where one can buy certain clothing and handicraft items. Assam Clicks not only have their own shopping website, but they have an official online application available in Google Play Store as well. The Assam Clicks app has over 1000+ downloads on Play Store with a rating of 3.3 stars.
The products offered by Assam Clicks include – bottles and mugs made out of bamboo, decor items for home made out of bamboo and a few handmade Assamese jewellery. The uniqueness of their shopping site is that, when you will visit their website and select a handicraft item to buy, you will get to read in details about the benefits of using bamboo products and also about the measures that you will need to take regarding that particular item’s management. Generally, such a feature of long description is not found in any other online shopping sites, but Assam Clicks has come up with this initiative to promote the local products in a clear and transparent manner. However, the only drawback of “Assam Clicks” is that they do not have numerous options available and there are only some countable Assamese handicrafts that the site and application has to offer.
Regarding the placement of order in the online shopping site and in their official online application, the steps in both are the same –
Firstly, one needs to add their desired handicraft items in the cart.
Secondly, they need to add their details and shipping address.
Thirdly, they must complete the payment procedure via. the online mode.
Finally, the order shall be placed.
2) Axomia Bazaar: Axomia Bazaar is known for selling genuine Assamese Handicrafts and traditional products online. They not only have their official shopping website, but they also have an official online application available in Google Play Store as well.
The Axomia Bazaar app is a highly vibrant Assamese online shopping app, where one can buy certain clothing and handicraft items and it has over 1000+ downloads with a rating of 4.7 stars on Play Store. The products offered by Axomia Bazaar include – Assamese Japi and woolen traditional handmade bags.
Regarding the procedure for placing an order in the Axomia Bazaar app, as well as on the site, one needs to follow the steps listed below –
Firstly, select the items and the quantity that you desire to buy and then click on “Go to the Cart.”
Secondly, add the required details and your shipping address.
Thirdly, complete the payment via. the online mode.
Thus, your order shall be placed.
3) getkraft.com: GetKraft is an online shopping site that aims at buying and selling of eco-friendly handmade items. The site consists of handicraft items not only from Assam but from all the North-Eastern states of India, with the aim of promoting works of the local struggling artisans and to introduce these indigenous goods nationally as well as internationally.
The products offered by getkraft.com include – Bamboo and Cane crafts, Soft Straw bags, Straw baskets, Straw mats, Natural Bamboo decorative lamps, Kitchenware and other handmade craft items.
Regarding the procedure for placing an order in the GetKraft site, one needs to follow the steps listed below –
Firstly, select the items that you desire to buy and then click on “Add to Cart” and immediately a pop-up will appear, with the options “Continue Shopping” and “View Cart”.
Secondly, click on “View Cart” to move ahead with the payment procedure.
Thirdly, you have to select the quantity of items that you want to buy and then click on “Checkout”.
Fourthly, another pop-up screen will appear, asking you to sign in with either your G-mail or Facebook.
Fifthly, complete the payment via. the online mode.
Thus, your order shall be placed.
You can download these apps by clicking on the links provided below –
However as stated earlier, the amount of talent and creativity present in Assam needs to be showcased and needs to be given a platform via. the online mode, in order to reach out to more customers and to make more audience realize about our state’s potential. Hence, the people need to build more platforms to showcase Assamese Handicrafts for themselves to further strive for this goal. So, if you are looking for a way to grow in this regard and want help to build your own platform, you can rely on our team of “Ujudebug” and we will build one for you. We aim at promoting the local businesses and craftsmen too. Our team shall help you to achieve your dream of going digital. For further information about our work, you can check out our portfolio here.
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