At Home with Sundri Bai Rajwar

At Home with Sundri Bai Rajwar

in Video
Published on: 13 August 2019
Chhattisgarh, 2018

The soil of Sarguja is rich, loamy and varied. Deep black, ochre and white, their colour and texture lends itself to possibilities of being moulded by hand. Terracotta crafts have been practiced by potter (kumhar) communities from this region as a profession. But the Rajwars, traditionally landowning farmer communities, have long held a special affinity with this clay, beyond the needs of occupation or even ritual. After their homes were built by men, Rajwar women plastered the walls of their homes with clay (lepai) embellishing them afresh every year after the rains. This process has nurtured their creativity, for clay embellishment has a special role in their lives and homes. Besides Sonabai Rajwar there were other Rajwar women whose work received recognition. Sundari Bai was one of them. This video records the journey of Sundari Bai from home to the world.


This content has been created as part of a project commissioned by the Directorate of Culture and archaeology, Government of Chhattisgarh to document the cultural and natural heritage of the state of Chhattisgarh.