Celebrating tribal artisans and weavers on the occasion of National Handloom Day 2022
Today, August 7 is National Handloom Day! On its occasion we would like to commemorate all the talented tribal artisans and weavers for their artistic and sustainable handcrafted weaves and handlooms.
Inspired by nature, tribal handlooms and handicrafts are visual representations and depictions of their lives, and showcase their immense talent.
Art is the basis of tribal life; hence its representation – be it in the form of the vibrant weaves, or the handcrafted ornaments and accessories – is a reflection of the economic, social and cultural life of the tribals. For the various tribes of India, dress is not only used to cover the body but also to express their cultural and social identities. Not surprisingly clothes and fabrics are hand-woven and other ornaments and accessories are mostly handcrafted.
TRIFED in its mission to empower and promote tribal welfare and development has been providing a platform for these talented tribal artisans and weavers through its various interventions and initiatives.
Tribes India, TRIFED’s retail arm, is home to a variety of vibrant, sustainable tribal weaves and textiles such as Maheshwari silks, Chanderi, Kantha, Tussar, Sambhalpuri, Bhandara and the famous Bagh prints from Madhya Pradesh, Karvat Kathi silk from the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra and Eri, the Ahimsa silk from the North- east. Colourful kurtas for men and women, waistcoats in different types of weaves and styles, sarees, dresses and stoles in these various traditions are available.
From the northeast, saris made of Moga silk, Mekhala chador, pretty embroidered blouses from Assam; knitted caps, booties for kids, and pouches from Sikkim and Manipur are also available. The Bodo women weavers, are considered among the finest weavers in India, and are known for their resplendent weaves; while earlier limited to running fabrics and dokhona.
Our tribal communities have a lot of talent and this is reflected in their unique handicrafts and products. The greatness of the tribes lies in the fact that they have managed to retain their primal ways and natural simplicity.
“On this National Handloom Day, we would encourage all of you to buy these attractive and sustainable handloom and empower our talented tribal weavers.” – Smt R. Jaya, Managing Director, TRIFED
Do check out the varied range of handlooms at your nearest Tribes India Outlet and do your bit to enhance tribal livelihoods.