Clay Doll

West Bengal has a rich abundance of clay, which has been used as raw material for a wonderful tradition of doll making in a picturesque village named Ghurni, in Nadia district of West Bengal. The perfect detailing of form, feature and stance, the meticulous realism of the clothes to the last fold and tuck, and the marvellous expressions make each of the Krishnanagar dolls a collector’s item. “Putul” as the Bengalis fondly call their clay dolls, are replications of the thoughts of the doll makers. These dolls are famed for their realistic depiction of everyday village life- fishing, farming, rag picking, basket making, cooking, cleaning and worshipping among others – and subjects like fruits, vegetables, birds and animals.

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