Madur mats’ creators wins National Handicraft award

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admin November 5, 2021
Updated 2021/11/05 at 3:01 PM

The National Handicraft Award has been presented to two ladies from Sabang in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinpur district for their exceptional contribution to the development of crafts. Gauri Rani Jana and Gauri Bala Das were recognised for their expertise in creating West Bengal’s signature madur floor mats.

These are an essential component of the Bengali way of life. Natural fibres are used to make them. Weavers create hand-woven mats for around 74% of the time, while the rest develop loom-based goods. Few indigenous mat-making families still know how to weave a fine variety of unique mats known as Masland or Mataranchi in the area. WBKVIB (West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board) has launched an effort in Purba and Paschim Medinipur to improve the skill, capacity, and institutions of Madurkathi craftsmen, enable market linkage to increase their incomes, and offer infrastructure assistance. The weaving of this lovely art is done by the women of the household.

Masland is a high-end madur mat woven over several weeks. Masland mats thrived under royal sponsorship in the 18th century. Nawab Alivardi Khan granted a charter to land-owning jagirdars in 1744, and it became mandatory to furnish Masland mats for use in the Collectorate as a result. The Geographical Indication Registry gave Madurkathi the geographical indication (GI) tag in April 2018. Madurkathi is a rhizome-based plant ( Cyperus tegetum or Cyperus pangorei ) that grows abundantly in the Purba and Paschim Medinipur alluvial plains.

 

Source: The Hindu

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