This is a Durga mask of clay decorated with Sholapith. This mask is fixed on a kulo (A traditional bamboo tray of West Bengal).
100% natural- Shola is a plant that grows in the marshy lands of West Bengal. Sholapith craft is used to create delicately carved flowers, headgear for Gods and decorative items which are 100% biodegradable.
Shola is sometimes called the fire of love. No festival, worship, wedding or decoration is complete without shola flower. It is known to bring prosperity in every house decorated with shola flower at the entrance. The irony is that those who sustain this fire of love, the craftsmen, are in dire straits.
Sholapith craft is one of the primordial handicrafts of the state. Sholapith craft of West Bengal recognized as one of the best example of elegance, exquisite beauty and finest craftsmanship. Sholapith work popularly known as ‘Sholar Kaj’. The people engaged as sholapith craftsmen are known as Malakar, meaning “maker of garland”, probably because they made garlands made of shoal for idols and for the noble class. For Shola flower and other decorative making the tools and raw materials used are simple and comprise of Sholapith - stick. Sholapith - sheet, bamboo sticks, knives of different size and shapes, paper cutting scissors, needle, wire cutter, measuring tape and plastic scale etc.
The specialty of the Shola products is that they are very light weight, flexible, absorptive of colour as well as fragrance which once induced in them can last for months on end. Also it is a wonderful material which has got all the qualities of Thermocol but unlike Thermocol it is natural so hundred percent environments friendly.