Items in the museum:
- Flower baskets:
- Bhumanni ritual Basket and Achambli ritual Basket: These baskets coated with clay and painted with rice flour paste (these have enamel colors for durability) hold food offerings made during a harvest festival called Bhumi Hunnime, usually held in the month of November. Having cooked food all through the full moon night, people visit their fields at dawn to offer worship to mother earth. The large basket holds Achambli, a curry made of 8 or 9 types of grains. The smaller basket is called Bhumanni Butti and is for snacks. People disperse the food across the fields while singing “Halambali achambli, the ripe gourds grown on trellises, gooseberry roots in the ground, all is offered to you mother earth”. Sometimes new clothes and jewelry are also offered. The Deevaru and Idiga community of toddy tappers practice Chittara painting, also used to decorate walls. The floral and figural motifs signify human intimacy with and dependence on nature. These were collected from Hiremane, Shimoga dist.
- Ornament box, suitcase and storage box: Most homes were occupied by joint families and had little furniture. Personal precious things were stored in boxes, protected from rats, insects and theft. Big wooden boxes with locks were for rich families while most people had cane and tin ones. Small wooden boxes with compartments held documents and could be put inside larger ones. Cane boxes were used for silk sarees and valuables owned by village temples. Even today they hold ritual items like food and ornaments for the bride and groom and have survived through reuse over generations.
- Ragi grinders and dry grinders: Grains were poured through the opening in the center of the grinder and crushed against the bottom rock as a stick turned the top slab.
- Sieve and granary: