Bankura is a district in the western part of West Bengal, famous for its terracotta crafts. The production of terracotta crafts started under the empire of the Malla dynasty since then artisans have continued with their skills and design. The ‘Bankura Horses’ which have gained immense popularity, are made in the Panchmura village of the Bankura district.
The terracotta handicrafts are made from locally available clay. Other raw materials are added to it like hay, sand and water to make it strong. The Bankura crafts were traditionally created for ritualistic purposes associated with tribal and folk deities. A terracotta mela is also held annually in Panchmura to display the beautiful crafts. Visitors and buyers can choose from a range of terracotta toys, artefacts, jewellery and other decorative items.


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