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Women of the Madur making community

2016

Banglanatak

Banglanatak
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

The women of the Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts of West Bengal are highly skilled weavers crafting the mats at home as leisure activity after completeing their household chores. Madur weaving also gives the women of the community an opportunity to socialize.

Details

  • Title: Women of the Madur making community
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Location: Paschim 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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