The working series activity of Madur making begins with the preparation of basic raw material which is commonly termed as pre-loom weaving. The painstaking works starts from the steps when the soft reeds and cotton (some cases jute thread) are arranged on a bamboo frame loom as weft and warp respectively.


  • Title: Madur weaving
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Location: Purba Medinipur
  • Rights: banglanatk.com
  • About the craft: Madur, are mats woven in West Bengal from a reed called madurkathi, sedge of the family Cyperaceae. Madur mat-making is a long-standing tradition where the women of the hhouseholds are mainly involved. Origin of the Madur in West Bengal dates back to the Muslim period, when ‘Masland’ mats of superfine variety with fine cotton as weft were produced under royal patronage. Madur artists are found in Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts of West Bengal and contributes to the rural economy. Besides making mats the artists have diversified into making various utility items and accessories such as bags, folders, table mats, runners.

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