Sunday, December 17, 2006

ഷോലാപിത്

  

 

 

 

Shola pith is a milky-white sponge-wood which is carved into delicate and beautiful objects of art of India. Shola is a wild plant found in marshy waterlogged areas of Bengal and Assam. The shola pith is the cortex or core of the plant and is an inch and a half in diameter. The outer harder brown skin is removed by expert hands to reveal the inner soft milky-white and spongy material. Artists from Bengal, Assam, Orissa and Tamilnadu use it for making artefacts used for decoration and ornate head-wears of bridal couples. The finest examples of craftsmanship are however seen on images of gods and goddesses on festivals, especially the massive decorative backdrops made for "Durga- Puja" celebrations.

4 comments:

Navan said...

informative!

Kala said...

നന്ദി നവന്‍...

ഗവേഷകന്‍ said...

ബംഗാളില്‍ വച്ച് ഞാനിത് കണ്ടിരുന്നു. പക്ഷേ പ്രത്യേകത അറിയുമായിരുന്നില്ല. നന്ദി..

Kala said...

ഗവേഷകാ, നന്ദി. ഇവിടെയും ബംഗാളിലെ ശില്പികളായിരുന്നു പ്രദര്‍ശനത്തിന്‍ വന്നിരുന്നത്.

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