In India glass did not enjoy a social status similar to that of metals and pottery, which were preferred to glass vessels, especially on religious occasions. In Indian ethos, the importance of glass was hardly recognized. Indian craftsmen mastered the glass technology but society accepted it only for decoration and ornaments.
Indian glass makers had well developed technological skills in the manufacture of beads, bangles and a few other articles. They employed methods such as moulding, folding, twisting and double- stripping. A number of glass beads of different shapes and colours such as blue, red, green, amber and orange have been found from approximately the 6th – 4th Century B.C.