Wood carving is an ancient art of the state which has attained a
very high standard of technical skill. Some of the best examples of wood-carvings
are found in temples and houses in many parts of Gujarat. The wood
carvers produce life-like figures of animals, artistic objects
of every-day use such as teapoys, table lamps, stools and toys for children.
Mahuva and Idar are famous for their lacquer toys. Sankheda in Baroda
district is known for its lacquer work. The work is done on country-wood
which gives darker shades. The coating is done with fine lac.
Women folk of Saurashtra prepare idols, toys, ash-trays,
toilet-boxes, lamp-stands and flower-pots from the pulp of rags,
banana stumps and bamboos. Artistic Jars, water-pots and other utility
articled are prepared from clay.