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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Last Kheror Khata has been made

As Bengalis step into the new year with Poila Baishak on April 15 this year, one of the oldest elements of the Bengali New Year celebrations – the kheror khata, the traditional red-cloth-hand-bound copy that traders use to note down their transactions – will see its last pages turn this year as demand goes abysmally low. One of the symbols of the Bengali New Year, the kheror khata has been a part of the celebretory rituals for traders for at least as far back as the 18th century. Khero, a red-coloured, rough cotton material used as a cover for these ledger books has been in Bengal’s history for many generations and centuries. The foldable, scroll-like books are handmade and are stitched using white thread.

[jwplayer MHgMLSCe-xe0BVfqu] As Bengalis step into the new year with Poila Baishak on April 15 this year, one of the oldest elements of the Bengali New Year celebrations - the kheror khata, the traditional red-cloth-hand-bound copy that traders use to note down their transactions - will see its last pages turn this year as demand goes abysmally low. One of the symbols of the Bengali New Year, the kheror khata has been a part of the celebretory rituals for traders for at least as far back as the 18th century. Khero, a red-coloured, rough cotton material used as a cover for these ledger books has been in Bengal’s history for many generations and centuries. The foldable, scroll-like books are handmade and are stitched using white thread.