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Shola Pith Art …

Published: January 19, 2013,on Blog

One of the finest crafting traditions is the Shola Pith craft of West Bengal. Out of the marshes are carved the most intricate and fragile art pieces. The crafting is done by the molding, carving and cutting of the core of the shoal pith plant (Aeschymene aspera) that grows in ponds and marshes in the areas near the Murshidabad district of Bengal and Puri in Orissa. In Assam it gets the name of “kuhila shilp” as the plant is so named. The exterior is peeled off to expose the soft pliable core. A number of tools are devised by the craftsmen for the same.

 The craft of Shola carving requires utmost dexterity, as the pith is carved and cut into notable thin layers that are further carved, cut or molded. The craft is an innate part of the culture of the region. The conventional ornamentation of the idols of Goddess Durga during the iconic festival of Bengal, are the most elaborate upshots of the craftsmen. The traditional headdress of the Bride and the groom at every Wedding ceremony is shola carved. The craftsmen get their name “malakar” as they make the beautiful, daity garlands of shola for deities and the reverend. 

  

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