Naga Shawls Manufactured in Amritsar!

NTIMES 29Oct: Naga Shawls Manufactured in Amritsar!
The Assam Tribune | Shillong, Oct 28

The warm Naga shawls, known for its hand-woven intricate patterns, is now being manufactured in wool factories of Amritsar, Punjab to meet the growing market demands.

“The Naga shawls are being manufactured in Amritsar and these are flooding the North East market,” an entrepreneur dealing in woollen products said here during the 2nd Woollen Expo which concluded here recently.

Every Naga tribe has its own shawls, mostly in red and black colour, with different patterns. The patterns include simple geometric shapes. Others have the figures of animals and weapons that relates to the lifestyle of the Nagas.

Some of these shawls have immense socio-cultural significance amongst the Nagas and these are worn based on the social standing of the individual in the community.

These shawls are woven for use by the villagers, but of late are sold as handicraft products for anything between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 by the villagers. But now, with factories producing these shawls, the price has come down substantially with supply increasing tremendously over the years.

A similar case is of the Assamese ‘Gamosa’, which is being woven in factories outside the region. Several handicraft items, unique to the region, are being manufactured in bulk outside the North East in the absence of industries in the region.

Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong lamented that despite the region falling in the Himalayan range, industries to manufacture warm clothes is absent.

“Seventy per cent of the woollen items required in the region are imported despite the temperature being favourable for sheep rearing,” he said during the inauguration of the Expo. Lanong said talks are on with the Ministry of Textiles to open a “Wool Bank” here in the State capital.

The Wool Bank, apart from providing technological inputs, would also help in Research and Development in this sector. The Deputy Chief Minister, moreover, said that most of the cattle in the State are being reared for consumption of meat and it was time that the cattle rearing sector is diversified. Photo courtesy: Dony 

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