ⓘ Bastar Wooden Craft

                                     

ⓘ Bastar Wooden Craft

Bastar Wooden Crafts are traditional Indian wooden crafts that are manufactured in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state, India. The wood-crafting work has been protected under the Geographical indication of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights agreement. It is listed at item 84 as "Bastar Wooden Craft" of the GI Act 1999 of the Government of India with registration confirmed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks.

Generally people in Chhattisgarh, especially Bastar people have excellent skills in variety of craft work including Dhokra, bamboo craft, wrought iron craft, tribal dress, traditional textile, Kantha embroidery, terracotta, tribal painting, bell metal, etc. Their skills have been recognized by national and state awards. Badhai people are skilled in this woodcraft work and they are divided into two groups. One group make agricultural instruments and other group make decorative and totemic pillars. Another community, knows as Muria people also has woodcarving skills. The Murias are best in craftsmanship. Their skill apply in various objects that from small to big. They turn craft skills into interpretation of basic lifestyles and basic routines of life such as chaffing of paddy, grinding grains, etc. They express their culture and religious faiths into craft art that reflect through gods, goddess, music culture of the community and wildlife. The craft work heavily depended as hand-made where there is no machinery usage or rare use in particular areas only.

Woodcraft in Bastar has beautiful and unique form of art that was mastered by Bastar tribal and it helps their livelihood. The handicrafts product has decent market in different parts of India as well as in some foreign countries. They use teak wood, Indian Rosewood, whitewood and other finest wood to craft various handicraft items. Bastar Wooden Craft has been exhibited at "Durbar Hall Art Gallery" too.

                                     
  • tribal settings. The Bastar district specializes in the preparation of items from the Dhokra Handicraft and Bastar Wooden Craft The artifacts prepared
  • tombs. In some tribes they place a wooden pole in memory of the dead person. Among the tribes of Kanker and Bastar districts there is an important festival
  • Bengal, textiles such as Phulkaris from Punjab and bronze sculptures from Bastar besides terracotta works and basketry. The gallery is a rich representation
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