Who are we
Coochbehar-I Block Patishilpa Samabay Samity was formed in year 2000 by the leading artisans of Coochbehar. The samity has 700 odd members and was formed to represent the Sitalpati weavers in a collective.
In the past years the members of the Samity have part taken part in various fairs and festivals across India. In 2013, the MSME Department, Govt of West Bengal nominated Ghughumari and adjoining areas as a Rural Craft Hub of Bengal. In 2015, the Sitalpati weavers celebrated their first craft-based festival “Sitalpati Mela”.
Where we work:
The Samity works with Sitalpati weavers, residing in Ghughumari, Panishala, Dewan Hat, Haribhanga gram panchayats in Coochbehar-I block of Coochbehar district (West Bengal).
How we work
Sital means cool in Bengali while Pati means mat. Sitalpati is integrally linked with the Bengali lifestyle.
These mats are made from the soft cane slips of Maranta dichotoma split lengthwise into fine strands. These divided halves are again subdivided in to four splits of equal length and breadth with help of a sharp Boti. For making Sitalpati the cane slips are kept in starch for 24 hours and then boiled in the same starch. They are then washed in water and kept in sunlight for drying. After drying, it is left out in the open, overnight. This allows the night dew to accumulate on the strips and improve the finesse of the fibre. Alternatively, the cane strips are kept in water for 6-7 hours.
The dried cane strips are finally weaved in a check-like pattern. Sitalpati mats are cut into various shapes for making diversified products. Along with Sitalpati jute, rexin or cotton are used to stitch and make products.
Craft process certified for:
bags, home décor products,