Wednesday, July 7, 2010

SHERPAI - MEASURING BOWLS

Sherpai, Kunke or bowls for measuring rice are made only in Lokepur near Siuri in Birbhum district. The word derived from ser referring to a unit of weight and pau which means a quarter in Hindi. The bowls are carved out of wood and embellished with riveted sheet brass decorations. The wood or mango, palm, sirish or sishu trees is used. The bowls are turned on the lathe machine but earlier the form was carved and sculpted by hand. Then the wood is coloured black with the help of a few herbs soaked in water for two days. Brass sheets are embossed with various patterns and motifs and then riveted on the wood. Traditionally, a set of twelve bowls was made, which were extensively used by well to do farmers. After losing the traditional market, these bowls have found their place as decorative items in urban homes.
A set of 12 measuring bowls carved from wood and decorated with embossed brass work.

Products
Rice measuring bowls
Jewellery box
Lamps
Ashtray

Tools
Ugo - file
Bina, Chachhana, Sutri - polishing instrument
Akdo - digging tool
Hand axe
Hammer
Spinner
Saw
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