Among the traditional crafts, objects made from shoal are well known. In Bangladesh, this craft has been used to make wedding ornaments, toys for children, to decorate public places and also for the beautification of homes. Created by a community of artisans, known as Sholari or Malakars, the excellence of Dhaka craftsmanship is renowned as Dhakar shaj or Dhaker shaj a name by which it is still known. In fact Malitola, an area in old Dhaka, was named after the Malakars, a caste of shoal artisans, who lived there.
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