Dollu-Vinayaka is the most worshipped deity in the Hindu religion. Vinayaka is widely revered as a remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginning, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. His image is found not only in India but also in Sri Lanka Thailand and Nepal.
Wood carving was started in a village in Bengal by a group of talented artists called Sutradhar (woodcarver). The talented villagers carve Vinayaka from blocks of locally available wood (Mahogany & Mango) and paint them using bright colors. Dollu-Vinayaka is hand-crafted in Bengal by the Sutradhar or Bhaskar community who are the inhabitants of ravines of Ganga river belt in Bengal.
Dollu-DurgaShakti is worshipped in different forms. She is a form of “Shakti“. The evolution of MahaSaraswati, Mahalaxmi and Mahakali (the 3 main forms of “Shakti”) took place from Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh respectively. She is the warrior goddess, who centers around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and dharma of the good. Durga is depicted in the Hindu scriptures as a goddess riding a lion, with many arms each carrying a weapon, defeating Mahishasura thus called Mahishasurmardini. Dollu-DurgaShakti is hand-crafted in Bengal by the Sutradhar or Bhaskar community who are the inhabitants of ravines of Ganga river belt in Bengal.
Dumka is a Bow-Arrow which is an ancient Indian weapon used for sporting and hunting since time immemorial. It finds mention in Ramayana, Mahabharata and other ancient Indian scriptures. It is said that Lord Vishwakarma crafted two divine bows. He gave “Sharanga” to Lord Vishnu and “Pinaka” to Lord Shiva. Sri Ram’s Dhanush was “Kodanda” and Arjuna’s was “Gandiva”. Dumka is mads in Jharkhand by the Santhal Janjati (Tribe). Bow is made out of locally available seasoned Bamboo and the Arrow is from stem of a local shrub. The string of the Bow is also made out of the Bamboo stick. It is strictly meant for decoration purpose.
Gaumay finds a sacred place in our ancient scriptures such as Upanishad and Vedas. “Gaumay Vasate Lakshmi” is mentioned in Upanishad, meaning Goddess Lakshmi resides in Cow Dung and due to which cow dung is used to plaster the house floors. Keeping Gaumay at home increases the aesthetic value especially with a shloka imprinted. The Gaumay is a unique product made out of cow dung of indigenous cows. The traditional designs are based on local culture and ancient scriptures, the richness of ideas, the brilliant combination of pure simplicity with the master craftsmanship of the artisans, resulting in amazing work of art.
Gaumay is made in Karanataka by the Iruliga Janjati (Tribe). It is hand made and painted by the womenfolk of the tribal villages.
Dollu-Ulluka The owl (‘Ulooka’) is associated with the Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi and having one around the house is a harbinger of material comfort and it is traditionally found in village homes. Wood carving was started in a village in Bengal, India, a few centuries ago by a group of talented artists called ‘Sutradhar’ (woodcarver). The talented villagers carve owls from blocks of locally available wood - Mahogany and paint them using bright colors. The carving is done by the men folks and the paintings by the women folks of the village.
Dollu-Ulluka is made in Bengal by the Sutradhar or Bhaskar community who are the inhabitants of ravines of Ganga river belt in Bengal.
Tikuli The word ‘Tikuli’ is the local term for bindi, which is usually a bright, colorful dot that women wear between their eyebrows. In the past, the bindi was created as a symbolic means of worshipping intellect and conserving the modesty of women. Tikuli art is a unique art originated in Bihar over 800 years back, which has a very rich and deep traditional history. The themes mostly revolve around festivals of Bihar, wedding scenes, and Krishna Leela. Tikuli art serves as an important source of livelihood for women and empowerment for artisans. Tikuli is made in Bihar by the rural women artisans. It is made on a wooden plank and hand painted with dots as a specialty.
Dollu-Radhakrishna is collectively known within Hinduism as the combination of both the feminine as well as masculine aspects of god. Krishna is Bhagwan and Radha is five elemental body of the feeling of love towards almighty. Wood carving was started in a village in Bengal by a group of talented artists called Sutradhar (woodcarver). The talented villagers carve Radha-Krishna from blocks of locally available wood (Mango, Shimul, Atta, Chatim, Gamhar) and paint them using bright colors.
Dollu-Radhakrishna is hand-crafted in Bengal by the Sutradhar or Bhaskar community who are the inhabitants of ravines of Ganga river belt in Bengal.
Dollu-RajaRani Raja is a title for a princely ruler in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The female form Rani applies equally to the wife of a Raja, usually as queen. The title has a long history in India and South-East Asia since RigVeda times. Since time immemorial there are a lot of inspirational stories going around. Dollu-RajaRani is hand-crafted in Bengal by the Sutradhar or Bhaskar community who are the inhabitants of ravines of Ganga river belt in Bengal.
Foldu-Kurci is a folding stool can be used in garden, living room and while traveling because it is easy to carry. Kurci is handcrafted and made out of Mahogany wood. This tool is contemporary in look and use. The stool is a multipurpose and hence can be used as a corner table, coffee table etc.
Kurci is hand-crafted in Jharkhand by the Vardhak community who are the inhabitants of Santhal Pragana in Jharkhand.
Butti is made of locally available rattan or cane, which is an alternative to wood, It’s harvesting protects the forest from deforestation. Butti is primarily made by the elderly women folks of the village. Their hands are so accustomed that they able to work out the sharpest bend with ease. Butti is used as kitchen items to sieve rice and serve Indian breads. It is considered pure, flexible and durable. It is also used as a decorative item to increase the ambiance of home.
Butti is made in Karnataka by the Koraga Janjati (Tribe) who are inhabitants of Coastal belt.
Panasa-Patra The wood of Jack fruit tree has multiple medicinal values. People of the coastal best have been using it as utensils for storing pickles, spices, salts and serving dry food items. Jackfruit trees are found in abundance in the coastal belt of Karnataka hence it is associated with a local ecological system. The coastal belt is famous for different variety of dishes and when it is made using conventional and traditional utensils, a special flavor gets added. Jackfruit or Panasa wood is non-reactive and there are naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which eliminate about 99 percent of all potential contaminants.
Panasa-Patra is made in Karnataka by the inhabitant of Coastal belt of Karnataka.
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