Updated: Jul 6
Acknowledgement: Thank you Julie Kagti for the collection of images
"Once a year, go someplace you have never been before" - Dalai Lama
Have you traveled in North East India? I have not. The simple mention of the names of the states are foreign to me.... Assam, Manipur, Mizoram to mention a few. I have had a yearning to visit Nagaland. The name alone conjures up images of unchartered and unexplored tribal villages where the people still live deeply ensconsed in their ancient culture.
So with the assistances of Julie Kagti a local North East India specialist who is well versed and experienced in especially the textile weaving craft of the North East we have created a wonderful Textile Tour of Manipur and Assam. Here is a detailed itinerary.
But for now, let us feast our eyes on these two areas of North East India.
MANIPUR - A Weaving Culture
It is believed that
"Man observed the spiders weaving their webs on the shrubs and bushes
and he responded to this challenge"
The art of weaving has developed more in Manipur as compared to any other part of India and the weaving is entirely the work of women, it forms part of their domestic duties. Hence the handloom industry is practically run by women not only from the idea of economic necessity but also from the sense of social custom.
MANIPUR - Floating Islands (Phumdis)
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in North East India and is famous for the Phumdis floating on it. The Local fisher folk live on these floating islands and their livelihood is dependent on the lake.