Lac Combs of Orissa

The jungle-lac craft of Nowrangapur in Koraput is the best known center for Lac combs of Orissa. These combs are known as Lac Siredi locally and predominantly have two types of shapes. The quadrangular one ? used mainly by men and, the circular one - for the women. Lac, is a resinous secretion of an insect, the insect is cultivated here. Lac is believed to have originated in Nawaragapur.district of Orissa. This craft of comb making is practiced by both men and women members. . Apart from lac, bamboo, fabric, earthen pots and iron knife are the main materials for the Lac Siredi.