The large and beautiful shells found in abundance in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. are cleaned and polished before being used to make ashtrays...
Ivory, Bone, Horn of West Bengal
Ivory carving is the composition of Hindu and Islamic culture and art which makes it very secular in its appearance. Khagra and Jiagunj are the two main centers in the Murshidabad district.Craftpersons make gorgeous ivory panels which are part to the beds, simhasans or the royal chairs, palanquins, thrones.
The craftsperson carve beautiful pieces of bullock carts , trail of elephants crossing the bridge, patterns carved on the complete tusk , engraved jewellery boxes, chariots with horses and many more items. Artists put lot of effort and hard work while engraving their art in these items. Artisans working on this art make figures of Hindu gods and goddesses- Lakshmi, Durga and Ganesh.
Craftpersons of Midanpur make combs made out of the horns and are designed in many shapes and designs. Combs made out of horn are trusted to be excellent for hair and the scalp. People living in the villages are the regular users. This craft is mainly common in the villages of Jyot Ghanashyam, Narayan Chak, Tamluk in the Midnapur district of West Bengal.