WEAVER'S WORLD / NORTH EAST / TEXTILES -1
• Assam Sarees are known for being light on the body and need little to maintain. Available in both cotton and silk varieties, with their beautiful patterns, elegant borders and multi-coloured hues, they are a feast for the eyes. The Assam Silk Sarees are made from Muga (golden silk), Mulberry Silk or Eri Silk, with the Muga Silk variety being most popular. Muga Silk Worms abound only in Assam and in the North East, since they can survive only in the climatic conditions found there. Muga Silks acquire a new dimension in beauty when zari work or multi-coloured threads with patterns like fruits, flowers, diamonds, animals, birds as motifs, accompany the base fabric.
• A simple woven ethnic fabric, what lends appeal to the Nagaland Cotton Saree, are the intricately designed motifs and embroidered patterns. Straight lines, zig zag lines, squares, bands and other simple geometric shapes in varying widths and colours constitute popular patterns. Earlier times had the woven cloth decorated with beads, cowrie shells and goat hairs to denote the wealth and status of the weaver. Modern format sees the Nagaland Cotton Saree having simple thread work and kundans, beads, mirrors and sequins adorning the fabric. Abundance of cotton grown in the region had hill tribes engaged in spinning and weaving as an occupation and means of their livelihood, since pre-independence days. Today it is an industry. The quality of the cotton, soft and fluffy in nature, is quite superior, owing to the organic method of farming adopted. No wonder, the fabrics woven from it are soft, light and airy.
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