The craftsmen in Eastern India craft decorative items using a material called shola pith. This material is derived from a plant known as ‘shola,’ which grows in marshy lands. The art, of making the decorative items using this material, is seasonal. The artisans specializing in this art are known as ‘malakar.’
Shola pith is preferred to other similar artificial materials due to its malleability, texture, luster and sponginess. The artists use this material to create the crown, armband and the jewels used for adorning the gods and goddesses during festivals. It is also used for creating the headdress of a wedding couple on the marriage day. Other items usually created using this material are masks of deities, miniature models of elephant howdah and peacock boat.