Ganjifa Cards

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  Handmade playing cards of Sawantwadi remembers everyone about bygone era. These cards are made from circular pieces of paper on which intricate designs of Dashwar (Ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are hand pointed. Each and pack contains 120 hand pointed cards housed in equally colouful box.

History says that these cards arrived in Sawantwadi 350 years ago, when Bhosle, the royal family of Goa settled here after fleeing from Portuguese regieme there.  The Bhosle brought several artists along with them who were versed in wood varving and pointings. These families survived mainly by supplying handicraft items to the royal families.  In 1981 there were 45 such families though six such families still live in Sawantwadi today.


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