The rich cultural heritage of Jabalpur is evident in its beautiful arts and crafts. From carpets and durrys to the various dance forms, here's all you can buy and enjoy at Jabalpur.

Durry designing

An indigenous carpet, weaved with cotton thread of varying thickness, durry is quite popular in the region. Decorative versions of the carpet are also used as wall hangings. Many households in the villages are engaged in weaving durry. Popular patterns include geometric patterns, animal designs and floral designs. Durry has become quite popular because of its vibrant designs and easy maintenance.

Phulpati dance

Performed by unmarried women, this dance form is a part of the local celebrations during the festival of Holi. It belongs to the Malwa region of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Matki dance

Performed by women dressed in traditional attires, the matki dance is quite difficult and technical as the dancers perform while balancing earthen pots or matkis on their heads. They dance on the beats of a dhol, which is a double-headed drum. Overall, it makes for an entrancing performance. Matki dance is also called the pitcher dance and belongs to the state of Madhya Pradesh, particularly to the Malwa region.

This dance form has been developed by the nomadic tribes of the state. Women often had to carry earthen pots on their heads to collect water and thus they eventually transformed this daily chore into a dance form. The dancers are clad in a colourful lehenga or saree and ornamented with beautiful jewellery pieces. Many times a veil is used to cover the face.