Coconut Shell & Conch Shell
Coconut shell is used for making a number of products. In Kerala lamps, pots, vases etc are made from coconut shell, while coconut pith is used in making small figurines in West Bengal
Conch in India has from time immemorial had religious and social importance. Blowing of the conch shell during religious functions is considered auspicious amongst the Hindus. West Bengal is the main center for products made from conch and cowrie (small closed shells) shells. The bangles worn by married Bengali women are made from conch.
It forms an integral part of traditional Bengali jewelry.
Shallow carving is done on conch shells and small shells are used to decorate bags, shawls etc.
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