Madur is a generic term for floor mats in Bengal. It is an integral part of Bengali lifestyle. The craft is becoming increasingly popular among national and international tourists because of the exquisite quality Masland mats that fetch a high price and appreciation.
The main Madur hubs are in Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur districts with around 6,000 artists, mainly women, weaving wonders using Madurkathi, a rhizome-based plant. Their vast range of products include home décor, furnishing, and lifestyle products like bags, purses, jackets.
Sabang in Paschim Medinipur is renowned for this tradition. The artists celebrated the 2nd edition of their annual festival 'Madur Utsav' on December 7 - 9, 2018.
It is a new cultural tourism destination. Visitors here often pay a visit to the Patachitra hub of Pingla which is less than 20 km away,
Hotels are available at Debra, Balichak, Contai and Tamluk. Also, one may stay at the residency set up by the Madur society at Bhagawanpur or the Folk Art Centre of the Chitrataru Patachitra Cluster at Pingla.