The district of Uttar Dinajpur came into being after the bifurcation of West Dinajpur district in 1992. Raiganj, a city and municipality on the bank of the Kulik River, is the district headquarter. It is also home to the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest bird sanctuary in Asia.
Under the RCCH initiative, this district is a hub of Bamboo, Dhokra & Pottery crafts and the folk drama form of Khon. The district houses 63 Bamboo craftspersons, 757 Dhokra weavers, 171 pottery craftspersons and 29 Khon artists.
The weaving of Dhokra mats on back strap looms is a tradition in Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur districts.