Sonargaon-Sholapith Craftworker.mov

The Folk Arts Festival and Fair at Sonargaon Bangladesh. There was a family, three generations, of 'Sholapith' craftworkers making moving toys, ornaments and flowers from shola - the same material that the Hindu wedding hats or coronets were made from which I had been drawing in the museum and seen in Old Dhaka. Shola's scientific name is Aeschynomene Aspera, a herbaceous plant which grows in marshland. Using few tools, other than two very sharp knifes, a range of skillful and carefully made cuts, combined with a knowledge of and sensitivity to the material resulted in the flowers 'appearing'.There is something magical about the process. http://msspfollen.blogspot.com/2010/02/sonargaon-and-panam-folk-art-festival.html