She received the National Award for embroidery in 2004. Today, she is an entrepreneur promoting the art of handmade embroidery and preserving traditional motifs in phanek mayek naibi (a patterned sarong worn by Meitei women).
Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted at Devi’s…
Phanek is a sarong worn by the Meitei people of Manipur as part of their traditional attire. It has distinct weaving patterns and motifs depending on the community wearing it, its history, regional specificity and traditions.
Lower garments like phanek are found across India’s Northeast, such as …
Phanek mayek naibi is the traditional sarong worn by Meitei women in Manipur. It continues to be an intrinsic part of their formal wear as well as a part of traditional and festive attire.
The motifs that are used to decorate the borders of the phanek can be traced back to indigenous mythologies …
Chendamangalam is a small unassuming town by the banks of the river Periyar, almost 30 kilometre away from the city of Ernakulam. It was a thriving centre of trade and exchange near the ancient sea port Muziris. Chendamangalam is also known to be the earliest home of the Malabari Jews. As much as…
Among the 16 major tribes of Nagaland, the Chakhesang Nagas are one of the most progressive. They represent people belonging to three language groups – Chakri or Chökri, Khezha and Sangtam and derive their name from the initials ‘cha-khe-sang’. Earlier known as Eastern Angamis, they amalgamated in…
Through the workmanship of the exquisite ‘Sikander Nama’ shawl from Kashmir, Prof. B.N. Goswamy explores the history and development of the hand-embroidered and hand-woven shawls from the Valley, as opposed to those produced on the loom. (In pic: The ‘Sikandar Nama’ shawl; Photo Courtesy: …
This article was a direct result of Sahapedia's collaboration with the Conference on Handloom and Handicrafts in India, held in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh, November 2018.
All quotes in italics are from an interview with Suresh Vankar, November 2018.
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