The sikki grass articles made by the women of north Bihar are entirely different. Sikki seems to grow almost anywhere in this region even by the roadside. It is most attractive for its tall and lush and with a lovely golden shade. It is out only once after the rains and the cut pieces are stored for use throughout the year.
Fine Art of Sikki Grass Craft
Sikki grass dyed in red, blue, black and gold is imaginatively wrought into a variety of articles such as baskets and boxes, human figures, replicas of gods and goddesses, toys, animals, birds and models of chariots and temples. The desired forms are generally shaped with ordinary grass called khar which is coiled and encased in the soften sikki, while many of the motifs are derived from the local tantric traditions.
Procedure of making Sikki Grass Craft
Sikki is obtained from the dried stems of a succulent plant. The upper portion of the stem, which contains flowers, is discarded and the remaining portion cut into small pieces and preserved for making attractive sikki ware. The golden-yellow sikki is used to create lovely dolls, toys, and baskets using the coiling technique. Before being woven the grass is dyed in bright translucent colours and the shimmering golden grass, glowing through the paint, gives the articles their characteristic luminosity. The coiling technique which is the oldest is used in sikki. The common long grass is coiled and stitched together with the sikki, dyed in several different shades using a thick needle called takua. Especially in constructing the sculpturesque forms, the whole build up is made by the coils. These forms are completely folk and in a style all their own.