Table Mat with Runner (Madur) : Designed with Knotted Open Edge & Weaved with Black String
Made of Madur Sticks (Madurkathi) by artisans of Midnapore, West Bengal, India. Its a well knitted mat - tough & durable, madur stick edges are designed with black string knots and is well protected with fine black cotton strings to increase the durability and enhance the looks. Ideal for everyday regular use.
Can be washed with water and soap. Recommended for drying in little sunlight after every wash and even after day to day use. Better to keep in dry place during monsoon. If not used for months or more - recommended to store inside a closed box or bags - preferably in minimum humid place.
Sizes: 6 mats with size of each - 18" x 12", 1 runner - 56" x 12"
Facts about the Product and Artisans: Madur is an integral part of Bengal’s lifestyle. The origin of the craft ‘Madur’ in West Bengal dates back to the Muslim period, when ‘Masland’ mats of superfine variety with fine cotton as weft were produced under royal patronage. Madur is a tradition and pride of Medinipur. Women of the households are involved in weaving this beautiful craft. More than 5000 artists are involved in Madur weaving in 11 blocks of Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur. Around 74% of the weavers make hand woven mats and the remaining develop loom based products. Few of the traditional mats making families still retain the knowledge of weaving a fine variety of exclusive mats locally known as Masland or Mataranchi. The loom based weavers have been organized into units by local entrepreneurs. There are around 40 of these small units across Purba and Paschim Medinipur. Besides making folding mats, these units have diversified into making various utility items and accessories such as bags, folders, table mats, runners, coasters, boxes etc.