Bark cloth

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Pankaja Sethi
  This article illustrates the journey in the pursuit of kerang – the bark cloth of the Gadaba Adivasi women from Koraput district of south Odisha. It aims to record the last phase of bark cloth and the people who are still retaining it as a part of their ethnic identity. Kerang takes us to that…
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Samari Sisa
  I live in Sisaput village with my daughter and granddaughter. My husband died many years ago and I receive three hundred rupees from the government as financial support. My daughter is also a widow. She lives with me because she had nowhere to go after her husband’s death. I am too old, thus, I…
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Dhanu Muduli
  I am a headmaster at Machkund State Government School in Lamptaput block of Koraput district of Odisha and teach students till seventh standard. I grew up in a small village near Machkund and studied in the local school.    The Gadaba community has been categorised as Scheduled Tribe, among the…
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Pankaja Sethi
Dhanu Muduli,  head master at the State Government Machkund School, shares the social and cultural context of the Gadaba adivasis; how the Gadaba are a self-reliant community, who do everything from cultivating their own food to preparing the cloth they wear. However, with modernisation several…
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Tanuja Sethi
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Pankaja Sethi
Kerang takes us to that period when human beings had a close relationship with nature, as bark is one of the earliest known examples of handmade cloth to cover the human body. Kerang is woven by Gadaba women on a back-strap loom to cover the body along with heavy jewellery around the neck and arms…
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