Mainly has a rural economy and Pottery is one of the main occupation. The potter's wheel, dating back to pre-Aryan times, is the most common feature of any village in India. Although numerous kinds of wheels are used throughout India, in Haryana the kick-operated type is common. With this contraption you don't use your hands to turn the wheel as in normal cases, on the other hand, you use your foot. The actual wheel may be either of cement or stone. Pottery is essentially a village craft, and Haryana is essentially a rural state. While the potter works on the wheel, he has a helper (usually his son or a relative) mixing clay, while a woman (his wife or a sister) makes intricate designs into the finished vessel or toy. From utensils to toys to decorative pieces, clay forms the most essential ingredient on which the potter literally survives. Seasonal festivals call for the potter to get cracking he has to make hundreds of toys like miniature cows, horses, people, houses and sepoys which are then sold in brightly decorated stalls along dusty lanes.
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Haryana is quite famous for its woven work, be it shawls, durries, robes or lungis. The Haryana shawl is known as "Phulkari". It is an offshoot of the shawl from Kashmir. It is a spectacular piece of clothing, full of magnificent colors and intricate embroidery. Worn with with a tight-fitting choli (blouse) and Ghagra (long skirt), it forms the basic winter wear for the women of Haryana. A deviation from the phulakri is the "bagh" (garden). In this case, the entire cloth is covered with embroidery. The phulkari is made by female members of a house, and takes a long time to make; sometimes even a few years. Traditionally, work on a phulkari commences from the time a daughter is born in the family and is given to her at her wedding. Against a red background, motifs of birds, flowers and human figures are stitched into the cloth. The bagh design almost always follows a geometric pattern, with green as the basic color probably because mainly Muslims worked on them. Although lacking in technical finesse, it makes up for the loss by a colorful display of its design.
Haryana durries are rather coarse, although spectacular geometric designs adorn the entire rug. The durries made with white triangles often set against a blue background are quite popular. In Haryana, durrie making is concentrated in and around Panipat.