Papier mache is today a popular addition to arts and crafts programmes for kids. But just a simple mash of paper and glue, can create some stunning pieces of art if put in the right hands! Textiles workers in Ahmedabad use papier mache techniques to create colourfully painted and elaborately designed figures of deities, toys and various other artefacts. It is widely used in traditional Indian folk art and has found a place for itself in the home decor market. Ahmedabad is a popular art form practiced in Gujarat and you’ll see people making lampshades, bowls, vases, jewellery and furniture.