Bardhaman is one of the oldest district capitals of Bengal, dating back to the early British period. Archaeological evidence of the region can be traced back to 4,000 BC. The district has a multi-cultural heritage. The district is a hub of bamboo and shola crafts as well as the acrobatic dance form of Raibenshe and Baul- Fakiri music. It is home to about 66 bamboo craftsmen, 171 shola craftsperson, 57 Raibenshe artists and 151 Baul artists.
It is said that about three thousand years ago the king of Bastar, which is in the state of Chattisgarh, was gifted a Dokra necklace for his beloved wife. He was charmed on seeing the necklace and thus honored the craftsmen with the title “Ghadwa”.
Kantha making is a “women’s art” .It was the Bengali housewife who helped the art of embroidery to evolve.
The craft gained immense popularity under the Bardhaman Maharaja. The traditional designs based on culture and mythology, the richness of ideas, the brilliant combination of pure simplicity and glamour combined with the master craftsmanship of the artisans, result in an amazing work of art.