Traditional Arts / Crafts

 

Sital-pati

The word 'Sital-pati' means cool-mat and  is perhaps the most popular product among the handicrafts of Cooch Behar. The raw material is the Mutra cane (Maranta dichotoma).
The green cane is kept soaking in water before it is slashed/sliced into thin strips for making the pati. Then the fine strips are woven by skillfully joining and interlacing to shape into beautiful mats.
Sitalpati mats render a feeling of coolness (thus rendering the name 'Sital' or 'Sheetal') to the person sitting or sleeping on it, and are intimately linked with everyday rural life.
 

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