Bengal Wood Carving

The artists of Natungram started with stone carving, with the patronage of the local Rajas of Bardhaman. After the fall of the Raj, the craftsmen faced difficulties and shifted to woodcarving. The number of artisans continue to decline due to lack of patronage for wood carving in comparison to plastic and metal. Dolls are made out of wood like Gamhar, Mango, or Shimul. Around 51 families living in West Bengal are involved in this craft. All members of the family are involved in the process. The men are skilled in wood carving and the women do the colouring.

This craft was prevalent in many districts in West Bengal but now it has been kept alive in only in few places. With changing times and the influx of metal, plastic, and machine-made goods, this traditional art has largely disappeared.