Tuma craft dried bottle gourd hanging hand-carved by the master artisan from Chattisgarh.
Tuma craft, which uses dry bottle gourds, is considered as one of the unique crafts of Chattisgarh. A recently developed craft is an example of craft innovation and exists in the region of Bastar in Chattisgarh. Dried gourd is etched with hot knifes with beautiful patterns and made into various products ranging from wall hangings to pendants. Tuma products include lampshades, planters, wall hangings, utensils and masks. Bitter gourds, which are normally not consumable, are used for the craft. Earlier the waste gourds were taken from the villagers, but now they grow it. Generally jewelry is made from the waste part of it. Designs are made keeping transportation in mind, like small lampshades are put inside big lampshades and filled with the jewelry products.
Wipe gently with a soft cloth when needed. (keep away from perfumes, sprays, water and other liquid substances, store separately in a box)
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The Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board (Or Chhattisgarh Hastshilp Vikas Board) which is an undertaking of the Government of Chhattisgarh was established in the year 2001. The main objective of the Board is to achieve all round development in the field of Handicrafts and to revive the vanishing crafts with the help of training and to provide maximum employment opportunities to the traditional and non- traditional craftsmen for the constant progress of the handicrafts. Handicrafts have always been an important and integral part of the Indian Culture and more so in the State of Chhattisgarh, where the handicrafts are not very different from the culture and tradition of the people.