The tribals of Chhattisgarh, combine shells with mirrors & fabric to create interesting objects like the toran, place mats & boxes.The ivory colored fibers of sisal are obtained from swaying seeds of the marshes of Bastar district. These fibers are used to make potholders, mats, hammocks, bags and towels.
Bamboo products and baskets are an essential part of tribal life. Bamboo is used for constructing houses, making bows and arrows, handles for agricultural tools besides other utilitarian products.
The Bansods of Chhattisgarh make more than 200 different varieties of bamboo articles including a large assortment of baskets. The Kamar tribals of Raipur are adept at making baskets and other items like fish traps, mats and bird traps from bamboo.
Apart from these crafts, Dhruva Patta or the Dhruva Sari is a key handloom created by the people of Chhattisgarh.
Religion & Rituals
Religion and rituals play a very important role in the life of Chhattisgarhi people. The informal nature of religion in this area is typical of that practiced by many small ethnic groups in India.
Deep in the forest, the reverberating sound of drumbeats and rhythmic footsteps float through the air. Songs of Birds resonate in chorus and a gentle breeze carries this symphony.