Saturday, August 20, 2011

Use of Tripura Handloom – By Paromita Das

Agartala the state capital of Tripura one of the 8 sisters of north east state a place with rich art and culture and mixture of tribal and modern community. Due to its geographical situation the state is less connected to the main land of India. With conservative thought and lack of lucrative opportunity profession as fashion designer was quite a bit of challenge. Every person who has a root in Tripura has a mindset to grow his / her state and make the country aware about the state and its vibrant culture. Handloom of Tripura is one of the integral parts and also contributes to its Gross Domestic Product. So being a fashion designer from Tripura I always feel to make people aware about the handloom culture and its diversity to the people across world.

Here in this collection ring I have included the Handloom of Tripura to showcase how it can be effectively used to get the most feasible and attractive modern outfit which can be accepted and used in day to day wearing and also party wear and outfit for casual occasions.

About My State Tripura Handloom Fabric:

RIANG, JAMATIA, TRIPURIA, Chakma, Mogh are among the 19 tribes who weave the traditional Tripuri costume of simple rectangular wraps on the loin or body tension loom in its distinct set of motifs and colors. The loom is light, mobile, ingeniously simple and inexpensive to construct and made of locally available materials like bamboo and wood. Well suited to tribal life and terrain, it is significant as a symbol of the peoples` efforts to remain self-sufficient. The fabrics woven on this loom are narrow and warp dominant. The riah (breast cloth)is woven as a single strip whose width depends on the age of the wearer while the pasra (wrapped skirt) consists of two pieces that are joined to make the required larger width. Other than daily wear, some of these textiles also play a vital role in the ceremonial and ritual life of tribal societies and are greatly valued as heirloom objects. Patterning, which is mostly symmetrical, ranges from colorful stripes running in the direction of the warp, to figurative and geometric motifs woven in supplementary weft that intersperse the ground. Weaving is exclusively a woman`s activity and passed on from mother to daughter, each family weaving to meet its own needs. Traditionally woven using natural dyed cotton, the more commercialized contemporary pieces have almost entirely shifted to using acrylic as a raw material, as it is cheaper and requires less skill in weaving.