Mat Weaving

The art of weaving mats with bamboo twigs and cane is quite popular. These mats are portable and easy to carry and also serve as ecologically designed spreads for yoga or meditation. The simple yet appealing designs of the mats add a touch of ethnicity to the spaces where they are kept. The most popular type of mats made by the tribals around Silvassa are the split bamboo mats known as palas.

Mat Weaving

Leather Crafts

Popular across India are leather slippers made at Dadra and Nagar Haveli that are known for their patterns, designs and sturdiness. The skilled artists of Silvassa are involved in creating numerous utilitarian and decorative items from leather, of which, footwear is the most popular. The artists treat locally available hide with water, latex and lime. To add a red tint to the leather, the artists make use of babul trees. The hide is stitched like a bag and a solution is filled in it. The stitches are untied after three to four days and the leather which is obtained is used in creating a range of articles like mojdis, sapats, bags, fans, bells, mirror frames, wallets and beautiful cushion covers.

Leather Crafts

Basketry

The tribal communities of the region weave beautiful baskets from bamboo in different shapes, designs and sizes. The traditional technique of basketry practiced by them is centuries old. To make attractive baskets, naturally dried bamboo or cane is split into required widths and the pieces are then woven together with the warp reaching out from the central base. The functionality of the baskets decides their shapes and sizes. The basic design of the basket focuses on its usability, mainly for the pastoral communities in the rural areas. The base of these baskets is usually broad so that it is easier for the locals to carry them on their heads. When shopping in Silvassa, tourists must not forget to carry a beautiful basket made by local craftsmen as a souvenir.

Basketry