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Assam's Treasures: From Traditional Crafts to Cultural Heritage

01 Apr,2024 11:08 AM, by: Super Admin
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In a celebration of Assam's rich cultural heritage, six traditional items from the region have been bestowed with prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tags by the Government of India’s Geographical Indication Registry. These items reflect the state's vibrant traditions and showcase its people's ingenuity and craftsmanship.

 

Assamese Dhol: Revered as one of Assam's most important musical instruments, the Assamese Dhol, also known as Pati Dhol, holds a special place in the state's folk entertainment and culture. Its resounding beats echo through the air, enlivening festivals and celebrations, and it played a central role in last year's Guinness World Record-breaking Bihu dance performance in Guwahati, where over 11,000 artists showcased their talent.

 

Assamese Jaapi: Symbolizing pride and respect, the Assamese Jaapi is an integral part of the state's Bihu culture. Crafted from bamboo, cane, and palm leaves, this traditional headgear not only shields from the sun and rain but also serves as a timeless symbol of Assamese folk culture and heritage.

 

Sarthebari Metal Craft: Hailing from Barpeta, Sarthebari Metal Craft encompasses traditional handmade bell metal utensils that hold socio-cultural and religious significance. Used in ritual practices and daily life, these utensils are deeply intertwined with the cultural fabric of Assam.

 

Pani Meteka: Once considered a waste, Pani Meteka or Water Hyacinth has found new life as a material for crafting. Thanks to initiatives by the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission, this invasive plant is now utilized to create beautiful crafts, providing employment opportunities and transforming waste into art.

 

Mising Handloom Products: Reflecting the rich textile heritage of Assam's Mising indigenous tribal community, Mising Taat or Mising Handloom Products are meticulously crafted by women artisans. These handwoven garments, including the traditional mekhela chador, hold deep cultural significance and are woven with care and tradition.

 

Asharikandi Terracotta: In Asharikandi village, nestled in Assam's Dhubri district, over 100 families are engaged in the ancient craft of terracotta and pottery making. From clay and sand to earthy hues, these artisans create exquisite pieces that showcase the timeless beauty and artistry of terracotta, a craft that has stood the test of time.

 

These GI-tagged treasures not only celebrate Assam's rich cultural heritage but also serve as a testament to the state's enduring craftsmanship and creativity. With each item bearing the stamp of authenticity and origin, they stand as proud representatives of Assam's legacy, cherished by locals and admired by the world.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Critical Script or its editor.

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