Sitalpati Mela at Ghughumari,Cooch Behar
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Wooden Doll Mela at Natungram, Bardhaman
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Madur Mela at Digha, Purba Medinipur
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POT Maya at Pingla, Paschim Medinipur
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POT Maya

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What is the RCH project all about?

The aim is to develop a vibrant craft sector by converting the traditional craft skills in West Bengal...

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What are the crafts?

The Rural Craft Hubs make wood, metal, clay, natural fibre based crafts, Kantha embroidery, Patac...

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Who are the friends of the project?

West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) is providing the necessary hardware

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How can you see it in action?

In developing a brand identity for the Rural Craft Hubs, several combined activities are designed...

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See where we are active

One can visit these villages at any time of the year. The visitors are playing an integral part ...

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  • Chau Mask of Charida
    Purulia View More
  • Clay Doll of Ghurni
    Nadia View More
  • Dokra of Dariyapur and Bikna
    Bardhaman and Bankura View More
  • Kantha of Nanoor
    Birbhum View More
  • Madur of Bhagabanpur
    Purba Medinipur View More
  • Patachitra of Pingla
    West Medinipur View More
  • Sitalpati of Ghughumari
    Cooch Behar View More
  • Terracotta of Panchmura
    Bankura View More
  • Wooden Doll of Natungram
    Bardhaman View More
  • Wooden Mask of Kushmandi
    Dakshin Dinajpur View More

10 expressions
of handicrafts in West Bengal

And eleven hubs where they are located...

North 24 Parganas South 24 Parganas Kolkata Howrah Purba Medinipur Hooghly Purulia Bankura Bardhaman Nadia Murshidabad Birbhum Malda Dakshin Dinajpur Uttar Dinajpur Darjeeling Jalpaiguri Cooch Behar Paschim Medinipur

Dakshin Dinajpur

The Craft : Wooden Mask
The Hub : Kushmandi

The ecstatic Gomira dance masks of Dakshin Dinajpur district have ensued from animistic practices of the Desi and poli communities of the Rajbongshis. The word Gomira is a colloquial form of the root word Gram-Chandi, a female deity. The Gomira masks are inexorably linked to the Gomira mask dance prevalent in this area. The exact origins of this craft and the dance are not exactly traceable and lie somewhere in the hoary past.

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Cooch Behar

The Craft : Sitalpati
The Hub : Ghughumari

Sitalpati or ‘cool mats’ are made from the soft cane slips of Maranta dichotoma split lengthwise into fine strands. Sitalpati is integrally linked with Bengali lifestyle. From the cane, the bust fibre is extracted in various layers as the quality of the Pati depends on the different layers of the cane used.

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Birbhum

The Craft : Kantha
The Hub : Nanoor

Kantha for the Bengali folk means embroidered quilt. Kantha stitch comprises of the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery, the running stitch. Traditionally women in Bengal used Kantha stitch, to join layers of old cloth to make quilts. The embroidery was a means of self expression by rural women of Bengal. Kantha is said to be Dorukha meaning turning the worn out and old textiles and fabrics to things of beauty. It is the way in which this stitch is used, in different arrangements, that forms the complex vocabulary of Kantha.

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Purulia

The Craft : Chau Mask
The Hub : Charida

Chau, the acrobatic martial dance, is a popular art form among the indigenous people of Purulia. Today it has made its place in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The masks and dazzling costumes of the dancers make Chau performances, a delightful spectre, riotous and reveling. The vibrant, colourful and elaborate masks convey the vigorous intent of the art form with elegance. Generally craftspersons make masks of deities, epic characters and also of tribal characters. The masks are of different sizes starting from small to large ones.

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Bankura panchmura

The Craft : Terracotta
The Hub : Panchmura

Terracotta is a type of fired clay, typically of a brownish red colour which is used as ornamental building material and in modeling different idols, figurines etc. Terracotta products of Bankura have found a place of pride among the handicrafts of West Bengal. Evidently terracotta horse of Bankura is a speciality. And Dokra craft is one of the earliest known methods of non-ferrous metal casting known to human civilization. The lost or vanishing wax casting method (cire perdue) of metal casting, popularly known as Dokra, is a primitive technique. 

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Bardhaman Natungram

The Craft : Wooden Doll
The Hub : Natungram

Vibrant colour, intricate design and ethnic style, are the characteristic features of the wooden toys made by the rural artisans from Natungram, Bardhaman. The traditional designs based on culture and mythology with the master craftsmanship of the craftspersons, result in an amazing work of art.

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Nadia

The Craft : Clay Doll
The Hub : Ghurni

The brilliance of human imagination lies in its transformation of mundane into magnifique. Being a river basin, West Bengal has a rich abundance of clay, which has been used as a raw material for a wonderful tradition of doll making in Krishnanagar of Nadia since last 250 years.

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West Midnapore

The Craft : Patachitra
The Hub : Pingla

Patachitra is an ancient folk art of Bengal. Patuas paint stories serially in frames on long scrolls of cloth. They sing the story while unfurling the scrolls. Patachitra may be viewed as an early precursor of modern day animation. This art form is appreciated by art lovers from all over the world for its effortless style of drawing, colours, lines and space usage. The pictures are awe inspiring tales that range from the mundane to the sublime. Patuas use natural colours, which they procure from various trees, leaves, flowers and clay.

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East Midnapore

The Craft : Madur
The Hub : Bhagabanpur

Madurkathi is basically a grass weed used for making mats. ‘Masina’ is the local name of rough quality Madur of Bengal. The Madur of fine quality is called ‘Masland’.  Plain fine mats to designed mats with colourful motifs, Madur has a large variety to offer. It is an important part of Bengal’s weaving craft. Red-green deer on golden background, jute in the border, these beautiful Madurs are now a story of past. Madur is for sitting or lying down, human imagination paired with skill have transformed this mundane to magnificent work of art.

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Bardhaman, Dariyapur

The Craft : Dokra
The Hub : Dariyapur

It is said that about three thousand years ago the king of Bastar, which is in the state of Chattisgarh, was gifted a Dokra necklace for his beloved wife. He was charmed on seeing the necklace and thus honored the craftsmen with the title “Ghadwa”. It derives itself from the word “Ghadna” meaning the act of shaping and creating.

The history of Dokra artisans in Dariyapur village in Bardhaman dates back to 120 years. 

The Dokra artists of Dariyapur celebrate their annual festival in the month of September. Next festival will take place on September 23-25, 2016 at Dariyapur. ‘Makar Sankranti’ during 14-15 January is an important festival of Dariyapur.

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Bankura Bikna

The Craft : Dokra
The Hub : Bikna

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19
new
products
being
developed
for the
upcoming
festivals

Madur

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Duffle Bag
S: 13 x 3(dia) inch
Code: BU043

Madur

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Side Bag
S: 14 x 14 x 4.5 inch
Code: BU083

Madur

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Hand woven runner
with 4 table mats
S: 12 x 36 inch-Runner
12 x 12 inch-Mats
Code: HD127

Madur

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Side Bag
S: 13 x 12.5 x 3 inch
Code: BU089

kantha

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Kantha Scarves
S: 22 x 22 inch
Code: AS009
RCH: Nanoor

Kantha

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Kantha Scarves
S: 30 x 24 inch
Code: AS007
RCH: Nanoor

kantha

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Kantha Di-Coloured Hibiscus Stole
Kantha stitch on Bangalaore silk
S: 74 x 22 inch
Code: AS013
RCH: Nanoor

Sitalpati

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Sitalpati Spiral Neckpiece
Code: JN032
RCH: Ghughumari

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Wooden ‘Fich’ neckpiece
Code: JR002
RCH: Kushmandi

Wooden mask

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Wooden mask pendant
Code: JN008
RCH: Kushmandi

Wooden doll

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Children’s Chair with motifs
S: Seat height- 14 Inch
Seat – 14 x 14 inch
Chair back height – 30 Inch
Code: HD060
RCH: Natungram

Kantha

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Kantha Hexagonal Neckpiece
Kantha stitch on fabric with beads
Code: JN001
RCH: Nanoor

Kantha

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Kantha Neckpiece
with beads
Code: JN023
RCH: Nanoor

 

Dokra

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Breast Plate N/P
Dokra pendant with beads
Code: JN012
RCH: Bikna, Dariyapur

Sitalpati

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Bucket Shoulder Dag
S: 13.5 x 10 inch
Code: BU065
RCH: Ghughumari

Dokra

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Tribal Couple
S: 4 x 6 inch
W: 154 gms
Code: GI009
RCH: Bikna, Dariyapur

Patachitra

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Ganesh with Durga (single panel)
S: 14 x 11 inch
Code: HD072
RCH: Naya

Patachitra

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Clutch (brown and white fish)
S: 12 x 8.8 inch
Code: BU0167
RCH: Naya

Wooden Mask

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Ganesh
W: 1 kg
S: 14 x 8 inch
Code: HD209
RCH: Kushmandi

Wooden Mask

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Kali
W: 1 kg
S: 14 x 8 inch
Code: HD208
RCH: Kushmandi

Wooden Doll

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Raja Rani (King & Queen dolls)
W: 600 gm
S: 17.5 x 3 x 2 inch
Code: HD003
RCH: Natungram

Terracotta

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Flower vase old man
S: 9.4 x 5 inch
Code: HD121
RCH: Panchmura

Terracotta

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Horse show piece
S:4 x 3 inch
Code: HD160
RCH: Panchmura

Sitalpati

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Black & Orange Table Mat Set
S: Mat – 12×18 inch, Runner – 12 x 60 inch
Code: HD0179
RCH: Ghughumari

Sitalpati

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Bucket Shoulder Dag
S: 13.5 x 10 inch
Code: BU065
RCH: Ghughumari

Kantha

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Kantha Batua With
Crochet border
S: 13 x 10 inch
Code: BU013_B
RCH: Nanoor

Kantha

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White Batua Bag
S: 9.5 x 5 inch
Code: BU043
RCH: Nanoor

Madur

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Madur

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Tote Bag
S: 18 x 15.5 x 4 inch
Code: BU081

Dokra

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Durga
S: 7.5 x 6 inch
W: 680 gm
Code: HD017
RCH: Bikna, Dariyapur

Dokra

Product Name: Dokra

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Standing Ganesha
S: 3.5 x 6.5 inch
W: 165 gm
Code: GI003
RCH: Bikna, Dariyapur

Visiting Card Holder

Product Name: Visiting Card Holder

Product No.: BU 026

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Patachitra Card Holder
S : 4.5″*3″

 

Terracotta TC1

Product Name: Terracotta TC1

Product No.: TC 1

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Tribal couple

W: 400g

S: 8″ x 4 “

Chau Mask CM2

Product Name: Chau Mask CM2

Product No.: CM 2

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Tribal mask with Male and Female
W: 550 g
S: 6 ” x 6.4″

Chau Mask CM1

Product Name: Chau Mask CM1

Product No.: CM 1

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Ganesh

W: 296g

S: 11 ” x 11.3 “

Clay Doll CD2

Product Name: Clay Doll CD2

Product No.: CD 2

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Farmer

W: 207 g

S: 7.2 Inch x 3 Inch

Clay Doll CD1

Product Name: Clay Doll CD1

Product No.: CD 1

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Clay Doll Folk Instrument Maker

W: 287g

S: 5.4 Inch x 4 Inch

Dokra DD1

Product Name: Dokra DD1

Product No.: JN 012 RCH: Dokra, Bikna

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Dokra breast plate N/P
Dokra pendant with beads

Dokra DD2

Product Name: Dokra DD2

Product No.: HD 011 RCH: Dokra

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Hunters on Horseback

W: 1218 gm

S: 10 Inch x 8 Inch

Kantha KK1

Product Name: Kantha KK1

Product No.: AS 005 RCH: Kantha

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Kantha dupatta
Kantha stitch on faux silk
S: Standard dupatta length

Madurkathi MM2

Product Name: Madurkathi MM2

Product No.: HD 054 RCH: Madurkathi

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Madurkathi Box

S: 6 ” x 3 “

Madurkathi MM1

Product Name: Madurkathi MM1

Product No.: BU 024 RCH: Madurkathi

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Madurkathi Shopping Bag

S: 15.5 ” x 12 “

Patachitra PP2

Product Name: Patachitra PP2

Product No.: AK 002 RCH: Patachitra

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Patachitra Kurta
Patachitra painting on fabric
S: Free size

Patachitra PP1

Product Name: Patachitra PP1

Product No.: BU 015 RCH: Patachitra

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Patachitra big clatch
S: 13 inch x 10 inch

Sitalpati SS2

Product Name: Sitalpati SS2

Product No.: JN 022 RCH: Sitalpati

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Sitalpati spiral neckpiece
Sitalpati neckpiece with wooden beads

Sitalpati SS1

Product Name: Sitalpati SS1

Product No.: BU 009 RCH: Sitalpati

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Vanity Bag
S: 14 inch x 9 inch

Wooden Doll WW2

Product Name: Wooden Doll WW2

Product No.: HD 003 RCH: Wooden Doll

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The Owl

W: 600 gm

S: 17.5 inch x 3 inch x 2 inch

Wooden Doll WW1

Product Name: Wooden Doll WW1

Product No.: JN 013 RCH: Wooden Doll

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Multiple owl neckpiece
Small owls carved in wood embellished
with wooden and synthetic beads

Wooden Mask WM1

Product Name: Wooden Mask WM1

Product No.: JN 016 RCH: Wooden Mask

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Wodden ‘Kali’ neckpiece,
Small Kali pendant carved
in wood embellished
with synhetic beads.

 

Wooden Mask WM2

Product Name: Wooden Mask WM2

Product No.: HD 027

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Demon
W: 186 gm
S: 9.5 inch x 6 inch

Code: HD 027
RCH: Wooden Mask