Allahabad

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    Moonj Products

    The Naini area of Allahabad is known for its Moonj craft. Easy availability of raw materials has enabled this craft to flourish in the district. The market is flooded with a variety of products made from moonj like basket (daliya), coaster stand, bags, decorative items and more. Eco-friendly moonj products have the potential to do well in the national as well as international markets.

    Introduction

    Allahabad is one of the oldest cities in India. It is situated at the confluence of three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. The Kumbh mela held in every six years and Mahakumbh in every 12 years at Allahabad (Sangam) witnesses the largest gatherings of pilgrims on this earth. Uttar Pradesh has a tradition of making baskets for everyday uses and for special occasions by coiling the outer layers of the grass called moonj.

    The village Naini is the major producer of Moonj- wild grass products. Moonj and Kaasa are the types of wild grass that richly grows near the banks of the river in and around vast areas of Allahabad. This craft is practiced mostly by women. Moonj is outer layer of the grass which is peeled and knotted. This art is been practiced from the last 60 to 70 years. The grass is cut during the winter and the peel of the stalks is left out in dew for days to lighten its color. Many spilts are dyed in bright color and binding is done these days with plastic strips, tinsel or cloth.

    The motifs of basketry are created by adding colored grass in between. The Moonj coiled grass products are ideal to serve daily life purposes. These natural products can be used as containers, food storage devices and wall decorators. The products are very simple, attractive and eco-friendly.

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    • Moonj Industries
    • Gas Cylinders and compressors
    • Agro based
    • Glass Industries
    • Wire Industries
    • Agriculture Industry
    • Travel and Tourism Industry
    • Mineral based (Silicon sand) Industry
    • Cane furniture
    • Date palm craft
    • Papier mache
    • Terracotta and pottery

    Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh is well known for its moonj basketry and cane & bamboo work. The culture for the city provides best handicraft artist for basketry to promote art and handicraft items of Allahabad to entire India. The artisans in Aligarh provide best design ivory sculptures, leather good, woodcraft along with traditional clothes and materials. The motif patterns are created with their own imaginative idea and skill without using any traced design. The final products are produced to cater to the local need. The artisans get chance to display the products in Shilp melas and craft melas.