Women Textile Cooperative Tripura

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Whilst walking around the market very impressed with handlooms of Tripura. Reached out to the State Government department of handlooms who helped arrange a visit. There are numerous handloom co-operatives supported by the State Government, this is one of them, is about 30 kms from Agartala in village Narayan Khamar.

Overview of the looms. Reached about 4 pm by which time most ladies had left.

Lady at work. I think the name of the co-operative is Shankhala Narayan Khamar - my diary that had details got misplaced. The co-operative is run by Shuely Chakraborty as Managing Director. I was very impressed with he thoughts and how she dealt with the other ladies at work.

Ladies make pachra/rignai (lower garment), risa/riya (upper garment), gamchha/napkin, shawl for men and women, bed cover, dress material, stoles and furnishing.

Weaving process involves winding, warping, drafting, denting, treading and beating.

Very good designs. Bought a shawl that gifted to a friend in the U.S., she loved it. To see pics of Pattachitra Paintings at heritage village Raghurampur near Puri Click here

Threads go on to machine at right. Am not technical so pardon any errors. To see pics of Bastar Craft Click here

Lady at work. To see Dhurries of Jodhpur Click here

On my request Managing Director of the co-operative displayed products made by the ladies. To see pics of Umaid Bhawan Palace JodhpurClick here

Loved the designs. Lucky wifey was not around or bahut shopping would be done. To see pics of Unakoti Click here

Did you know father-son music directors S D Burman and Rahul Dev Burman were from Tripura. They belonged to the Tripuri Tribal Community and to the royal family of Tripura.

Pics of Ujjayanta Palace Agartala. Loved the design and lay-out. It is a museum today, covers North-East India and parts of S.E Asia, worth a visit. To see more pics of Ujjayanta Palace Click here