Embossed leather craft is practiced at Surul village in Shantiniketan. Surul is a village in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The craft was initiated to the cluster through Kala Bhawan, the Department of Fine Arts section at Viswabharti University.Batik artists from Java and Indonesia were invited by Rabindranath Tagore, to introduce this technique of leather craft in India. Batik is made from melting candle wax or bees wax, then mixing in spirit dye. The liquid dye-laced wax is then applied to the surface of the leather by a variety of different methods, depending upon what kind of a pattern you are interested in. The wax is allowed to cool and harden. Then the leather is flexed to crack and loosen the hardened wax, making it easy to gently scrape off the leather.Initially it was restricted only to batik on leather. However, the craftsmen of this cluster have diversified into embossing designs on leather and then doing batik on it. Kala Kutir in Sriniketan still retains the original tradition of batik. The process of embossing entails softening the leather, embossing the designs through dies, and dyeing the product.