STONE CRAFTS (GI)
Stone craft existed in India since ancient times. Till today, excavations reveal carved stones which are 3000 years old. The stone craft of ancient times mainly involved carving of stones to make small weapons. The inhabitants of Indus valley civilization were the first known people in India to make sculpture on stone beside bronze. It was evident in beautifully carved stonework in pillars, statues and chaitya caves. Here in India craftsmen make their creations on different stones like sandstone, marble, granite, basalt, graphite etc.