Papier Mache of West Bengal

The artist of the Shantiniketan, Bolpur pioneered the papier mache craft and over the years there are a number of artisans who are practicing this art form. Most of them reside in and around Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal and have taken it very seriously as a means of livelihood. Diary covers, pots and statues are also made apart from dolls and masks. The papier mache craft provides the artisans a good scope to exhibit their creativity resulting in beautiful designs and so this craft has found a good acceptance in the market. The papier mache craft is not a traditional to West Bengal.