Pristine Odyssey

A shola handicraft exhibition is being held from the 17th to the 19th of October at Sadhana Dell’ Arte Merces. Shola is a traditional handicraft practice hailing from Bengal. The exhibition has laid out many different shola artifacts starting from simple designs to intricate designs. The shola craft is also very earth-friendly and is made out of the plants of a tree. The products are eco-friendly, biodegradable and durable. Shola plants grow in waterlogged areas during the monsoons.

Speaking on the exhibition Dr. Meenakshi Martins commented saying, “I’m really glad being a part of this. Being an artist myself, I find it important that we should preserve individual culture. The work here is very touching and needs hard work and dedicated craftsmanship. It’s great being a support to such craftsmen and helping them in being on their feet”

Traditionally idols and ornamentation were made out of Shola. There are also many myths associated with this craft. It is said that the “Manasar Chali” or the fan of snake hoods around the head of the goddess Manasa, is made out of Shola in North Bengal.