Tuma craft, which uses dry 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. Jagat Ram Devangan of Kondagaon is the craftsman behind the innovation of the Tuma craft. Tuma products include lampshades, planters, wall hangings, utensils and masks. The recent jewelry range is a good example of innovation. 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. Final product is made in such a way, that it doesn’t rot for years.
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