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I met Naren and his wife at the Bamboo Project workshed in Narayanpur. They were decorating what looked like odd-shaped hollow globes with deft strokes of a hot iron blade. Known in Chhattisgarh as tumba, this less known craft is widely produced in the Bastar region. The origin of tumba craft lies in the widespread use of hollow gourd shells as containers by the tribals to store water and salfi. Soon they began decorating these vessels and tumba came into being. We walked down to a nearby bamboo grove and placed a large sculpture of a Muria, made entirely out of hollow gourd, on the ground to photograph. It looked singularly stunning. “We sometimes varnish these to get a glossy look,” Naren explained, while giving finishing touches to his creation. The gourd (locally known as lauki) is first sundried for many days and the insides cleaned out. Decorative patterns are made with iron blades that leave a black mark, before the product is varnished. Naren also makes lampshades and waterbottles in addition to the sculptures—adding function to form!


 

 

 

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