If you wish to check out these dolls of Natungram , you will notice that the uniqueness of the dolls is that they are carved from a single piece of wood. The carving is done by the men while the woman does the painting. Even the children help their parents by coloring the dolls. The artisans use fabric colours and oil paints in decorating the dolls. Assisted by several NGOs the wooden dolls are also getting exposed to overseas markets along with the National Market.
If you embark on a day trip to Natungram, you will find that out of the many type dolls, the Wooden Owl has been the most famous. Other than that Radha Krishna Dolls, Gour Nitai , etc are popular too. There are soldier dolls too, The fair is organized by Swami Janakidas Natingram Kasthakhodai Hastasilpa Samity in association with banglanatok dot com.The Government of West Bengal, in partnership with UNESCO, has taken up an initiative to develop Rural Craft Hub at Natungram.
The traditional style has been retained to a great extent. The wooden dolls at Natugram are first chiselled from a piece of seasoned wood followed by face and attire painting. The dolls have a rustic beauty, which is the specialty of such handcrafts. There are three to four distinct varieties of dolls. Get ready to spend on souvenirs while taking a trip to Natungram as because besides making traditional dolls, the artisans have improvised in incorporating these dolls into furniture like small stools, and tables of various sizes. The owls or soldier dolls are used as stands. If you fancy a designer cupboard , you will find that the doll makers of Natungram have improvised that kind of furniture with their wooden dolls.