(grass carpet) is also one of the local crafts of Kullu district
in Himachal Pradesh and was very well liked once. This craft was
prevalent in the region centuries ago. It is said that in olden
times raw- material for carpets couldn't reach the valley due
to lack of transportation facilities and also people were not
familiar with the art of carpet weaving and knitted mandaris for
The raw material used for a mandari is paddy straw and jute thread.
In olden days mandaris were normally used as floor coverings.
People of the valley, especially the rich ones, who had large
fields of paddy, made mandari's in large number and it was a tradition
to present it on certain auspicious occasions like marriges
etc. But now with changing times, mandari as a craft is fast fading.
Carpets are replacing these with change in fashion; but the backward
villages still use them for seating and sleeping purposes.