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Idu Mishmi Textiles of Arunachal Pradesh

Textiles, Weaving, Spinning, Khadi

Idu Mishmi Textiles of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh has a rich textile heritage, which is now being threatened by the onslaught of modernization and industrialization. Textiles made by the Idu Mishmi, a sub-tribe of the Mishmi tribe, are prized possessions,usually woven by the women of the community to supplement the family income. Weaving is a traditional occupation for the women, and the fabrics they produce are of symbolic significance to their customs and practices. Today however, synthetic yarns are being excessively used instead of cotton, because they are easily available. Often artists use a blend of natural and acrylic yarns to create a textural symphony. The community associations and organizations are promoting the use of natural fibres along with a combinationof different techniques.v

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