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Rupsa Nag
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Rupsa Nag
Rajinder Kumari Nayyar (76), a senior artist in Chamba, worked as a trainer at the first Chamba embroidery centre in the 1960s, set up by the efforts of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and run by the national award-winning Chamba embroidery artist, Maheshi Devi. In 2018, Nayyar was felicitated by the…
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Rupsa Nag
Rumal is ‘an impressively designed and embroidered fabric used as a gift wrap.’[1] Chamba rumal, as Chamba kasidakari/ kadhai (embroidery) is popularly called, is a part of the larger Pahari craft tradition of Himachal Pradesh practised mostly by women since time unknown. Chamba lies at a…
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Rupsa Nag
Chamba rumal, as Chamba embroidery is popularly called, is brought to life by an arduous process where miniature painting meets weaving, opening up a world of stories carried through generations and traditions that speak of nature, faith and life, thus forming not just an embroidered masterpiece…
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Sainico Ningthoujam
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…
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Sainico Ningthoujam
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 …
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Sainico Ningthoujam
The sarong is a popular traditional lower garment in East Asian communities and has several distinctions based on the individual history or practices of distinct tribes. In the northeastern region of India alone, the ethnic diversity of people living along the Eastern Himalaya have stylistic…
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Sainico Ningthoujam
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 …
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Tarini Manchanda
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…
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