There is a distinctive corner in the world for north-eastern states of India because of its textiles. Because of the indigenous variety and interesting use of colour play and motifs, Handlooms of North East is widely praised. The Fashion-sense of Northeastern people is highly appreciated by the people all around the globe. North East hold some of the World Costliest silks! Which only found here in North East India
North East India comprises of the Seven Sisters in Northeast India include Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Land of vivid culture, diversified traditions, and infinite heritages. Home to tribal groups, each different from the other, the culture of this region is richly reflected in its indigenous arts, crafts, and handiwork.
India’s northeast is undoubtedly a land of immense potential and possibilities with wonders in every corner of the region. Its people, with rich cultural heritage, make the region all the more exceptional. Handlooms and handicrafts form an integral part of the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this region. Crafted goods and magic weaves are not only made for their own use but are also a means of livelihood for numerous artisans scattered all over the region.
From world’s only golden silk, Muga to Eri Silk, From Swals of Nagaland to Mareipan shawl of Manipur, from Risa and Rignai to Fly Shuttle looms to Bodo Dokhonas… North East holds much more rich handlooms which northeastern draped with pride
Let’s Explore North East India’s Some of the exquisites handlooms that attract the people related with fashion industries from all over the Globe.
Ethnic Handlooms of Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh has now a worldwide reputation for its handloom products. As the tribes and sub-tribes living in the state have countless and intriguing designs, skirts, cotton shawls, bags, and curtains are now hot selling items in the world of fashion and interior decoration.
Also, use of bark fibres from trees and hair of goats and humans are mixed with cotton and wool to weave ethnic apparels to make coats, shawls, and embroidered clothes in cotton, skirts and other varieties which are in demand in various parts of the world.
Assam and its Golden Silk
Do you know Assam is ranked among the top three silk producing states of the country? Assam is famous for various types of silk costumes, prominently Muga Silk Sarees. ‘Paat’ ‘Muga’ ‘Eri’.
Known for its Golden Silk- ‘MUGA’, Which one of the costliest silk in the world in its purest form It is extremely delicate and its dazzling colours make it the most favourite item in the world of hand-woven textiles, Its shine and lustre increases after each wash! It is said that Muga silk garment can outlive its owner. Muga is usually available in shades of cream and white though coloured variants are also available. Muga is not only a Silk, its an emotion, it is one of the most expensive gifts an Assamese young man can pick to win the heart of his woman. It is claimed as worthy as gold!
The Paat Silk of Assam is also famous for its distinguishing characteristics is that it can easily dry even in the absence of sunshine. The execution of needlework in gold and silver in Muga Silk garments by the weaverwomens of Assam imported to Europe and America where there is a huge demand for such fabrics
The Eri silk has grabbed the attention of the world because of its many qualities including the scope of absorbing moisture (hygroscopicity) and its isothermal property. Tribes like Nagas, Mishings, and Bodos use Eri silkworms to feed on castor leaves to make
One of the most famous and common garment is Mekhela-Chador, Without Mekhela Chador, Assamese Garments is incomplete. Mekhela-Chador is made up of two parts upper parts of the attire is called Chador, and the lower part is Mekhela.its comprises a brightly coloured long flowing skirt and a shawl-like garment. Cotton is blended with Muga silk to create Mekhela Chador which makes it functionally comfortable as well as beautiful.
Mekhela Chador is gaining tremendous fame and international recognition in recent days. And featured in many national and international fashion shows. Many famous Celebrities proudly earing Mekhela Chador is big events to fawn its beauty.
Besides this, there is an important cloth article which carries a unique identity of Assamese society i.e ‘ Gamocha’.This small piece of cloth has high esteem and wide usage in Assamese culture. Gamocha is one Assamese’s Pride and Honour. It’s usage and looks, nowhere in the rest of India something like ‘Gamosa’ is found. Gamosa is also known as ‘Bihuwaan’, as it is an essential part of Bihu festival of Assam. A 1,455.3 meter long Gamocha displayed in Delhi created world record as it became world’s longest hand woven piece of cloth.
If we are talking about Assam’s Handloom then if we didn’t.t mention about two places. Assamese Handloom will be incomplete. One is ‘Sualkuchi’ and Other is ‘Dhakuakhana’. Sualkuchi is endearingly referred to as the Manchester of the East. Sualkuchi is known as Silk village of Assam. One of the finest Assamese Handlooms is producing here. It is One of the biggest weaving village in the world where every household engaged with weaving. Dhakunakhan is gaining a tremendous hotspot for its handlooms. Especially in Muga, Nunuipaat Silk, Missing Chador, Eri Chador etc.
Meghalaya – The House of Endi Silk
Famous for its textures and long-lasting quality, the Endi silk is gaining a worldwide reputation in the last few years. Sonidian Village in the Meghalaya is famous for its Endi silk productions which flourishing now as a commercial product.
Tripura – Heart of top end Embroidered Handloom
Historically, each family of Tripura had a handloom till the 19th century. The exclusive feature of Tripura handloom is the embroidery in the garments, which consists of vertical and horizontal striped designs. The high selling items in the embroidered garment segments are chaddar, lungi, scarves, and jackets with extraordinarily artistic works in them. The most popular items in this segments are Lasingpee (a type of quilt) and shoulder bags.
Nagaland and its Exquisites Shawls
The exquisite shawls are globally famous it’s simple cotton and staple fibre which caught the eyes of many international designers. The Tsung Kotepsu shawl is a unique kind of handloom piece that has figures elephants and tigers woven into it. The Lotha Naga shawl comprises 7 differently designed pieces stitched together to form a shawl. And also Naga Material dress ‘Phulushi’ is equally famous.
Manipur and it’s organic texturing
Manipur is one of the major hubs of textiles in North East India. One of the most popular product is Haophesoi sarong woven’ from the fly loom along with the phanek skirt. Manipur famed for its Shawls, One of the famous shawls are Changkhom shawl, Mareipan shawl, Pheingao shawl. Everyone consists a different identity with itself besides from this Endi and Pat sarees of Manipur are also very popular which are known for its intricate tribal patterns and organic texturing.
Sikkim and its colourful fabrics
Sikkim have its own ancient handloom tradition. Lepchas women play a predominant role in handloom weaving in Sikkim, they begin to learn the art from a very young age and gain exceptional craftsmanship in weaving intricately colourful fabrics from cotton yarn. Sikkimese Carpets are welcomed by the all over the world to their doorsteps. This Handmade carpet carries some unique characteristics which distinguish it from others. The carpet weaving is done by Bhutia women. Besides these Sikkimese Blankets are very famous for its quality. The blanket weaving is done by Nepalese women. The blankets are normally woven with sheep wool.
Mizoram and its Mizo ‘Paun’ skirts
Mizoram have a global recognition of the elegant and ethnic Mizo ‘paun’ skirts, shawls, backpacks, wall hangings and various other items skillfully inter-woven with intricate designs. Puan is the most common and preferred traditional attire of Mizo man & women. In Mizo means cloth in general. Some of the most important traditional Mizo ‘Puans’ are -Puanchei or Puan Laisen, Ngotekherh or Puan Hruih, Puandum, Tawlhlopuan, Lenbuang thuam, Disul, Sakei Zang Zia or Keipui Zia, Senior Zeh or senior par etc.
Come, Join us with us to explore the vibrant Handlooms of North East India.