The ancient epic of Mahabharata has probably the oldest reference of people making glass handicrafts. In Ferozabad, the rejected and broken glassware brought in by the Persian invaders was recycled into bangles and vials for perfumes.
Mughal rulers provided patronage to the craft of glass making and had a fascination for colored glass. It was during the Mughal era that the art of glass engraving was introduced and the Mughal craftsmen excelled in making delicate foliated designs on glass objects.
Today, there is a rage for fancy glass products and decorative pieces like, ornate glass chandeliers and lighting pieces, glass sculptures, engraved crockery etc.