Lokfolk লোকফোক forum of folk লোক tribal আদিবাসী culture সংস্কৃতি of West Bengal পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, বাংলা. LOKFOLK is Bengal বাংলা India's ভারতের traditional পারম্পরিক knowledge system জ্ঞানভাণ্ডার, history ইতিহাস, Indigenous technology প্রযুক্তি. We have two mass bodies গনসংগঠন Bongiyo Paromporik Kaaru O ও Bastro Shilpi Sangho; Bongiyo Paromporik Aavikaar Shilpi Sangho. Journal পত্রিকা, PARAM, পরম. Picture - KaaliKaach কালিকাচ, Dinajpur দিনাজপুর, Madhumangal মধুমঙ্গল Malakar মালাকার
Because of their vibrant colors and vivid designs, these(উপমহাদেশিয় বস্ত্র) textiles served a variety of social purposes. John Guy observes that “the importance of the non-utilitarian uses to which Indian textiles were put in Southeast Asian societies is underscored by the sheer volume of the trade, which exceeded the needs of the region, given that much of the clothing of the people was provided by inexpensive locally woven goods.” For elites in Southeast Asia, costly Indian textiles served as markers of status and rank and they lent the wearer or bearer enormous prestige and high social standing. For those on the lower rungs of the social ladder, Indian cottons were no less desirable as they were associated with the rare and exotic, but in this case, the demand had to be satisfied with cloth of lower price and quality. Indian cottons conveyed status when used both as garments and as accessories in ceremonies and rituals. In many areas of Southeast Asia, Indian printed, painted and patterned cloths were prominently displayed as canopies, backdrops, awnings and floor coverings during birth, marriage and death rites. With these uses, according to Guy, Indian cloth came to be invested with spiritual power and authority. Whether as a marker of status or as a possessor of a spiritual force, the beauty of the cloth, both in design and execution, was of prime importance to buyers.