Conchshell

People of Bengal have an emotional connect with conch shell usage of which is associated with newly-wed women to religious ceremonies and rituals. The craft practiced here for centuries, involves engraving beautiful images on the shell obtained from the ocean bed.

It takes two to three months to engrave a conch shell into a delicately finished work of art. Every artisan has his unique pattern of carving the shell. While some craftsmen carve images of Lord Shiva on the shells, others create entire episode from the Mahabharata on them.

The conch shell crafts of Bengal are not only beautiful and delicate pieces of art, these are also considered to be extremely auspicious. That is why, conch shell bangles have traditionally adorned the married Bengali women.