Few countries have arts and handicrafts as deeply embedded in their culture as India has. The modern mind can never cease to be amazed at the infinite creativity of the master craftsmen of ancient India. Even today, when we look at the frescoes of Ajanta or the Kalamkari of Masulipatnam and Kalashasti, the sheer vitality of their creative traditions shines like the brilliant sun through the mist of centuries. Over the ages, a rich treasury of influences have inspired and given shape to their craft. Nature has always been a great influence on Indian artists and craftsmen. Their spiritual affinity to nature is apparent in the exquisite motifs inspired by trees, leaves, flowers, buds, animals, birds and other manifestations. The large Indian sub-continent encompasses all kinds of natural phenomenon like rivers, mountains, plains, deserts, a vast coastline and a variety of climates. This has had an effect on the lives of the people, influencing everything: from dresses and dwellings to habits and culture.