Arunachal Pradesh

Woven GoodsWeaving is the traditional occupation of womenfolk throughout, the territory. They are very particular about colors and have a beautiful sense of color combination. Common colors are black, yellow dark blue, green, scarlet. The designs are basically geometrical type varying from a formal arrangement of lines and bands to elaborate patterns of diamonds and lozenges. These designs are sometimes enhanced by internal repetition and other decorations. A few of the woven products that deserves mention are Sherdukpen shawls, Apatani jackets and scarves, Adi skirts, jackets and bags, Mishmi shawls, blouses and jackets and Wancho bags and loin cloths.

Cane and Bamboo workCane and bamboo industry of Arunachal Pradesh is of very high standard. Hats of different sizes and shapes, various kinds of baskets, cane vessels, a wide variety of cane belts, woven and plains, elaborately woven brassier of cane and fibre, bamboo mugs with carvings, a variety of ornaments and necklaces are some products worth purchasing. The technique of basketry is same throughout. Traditional basketry are beautiful not only because of the fine texture but also because of the unusual shapes.

Carpet Makingis the specialty of the Monpas. They weave lovely colourful carpets with dragon, geometric and floral designs. The choice of color and the color combination is unique. Though originally they weave carpet for local use, it has now become a high demand item of trade. With increase in demand, there has been an increase large scale production.

Wood CarvingWood carving is a tradition with some of the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The Monpas, Khamtis, and Wanchos excel in craft. Monpa woodcarvers make beautiful cups, dishes, fruit bowls and carve magnificent masks for ceremonial dances and pantomimes.Wooden masks are also carved by the Khambas and Membas of West Siang. The Khamptis make beautiful religious images figures of dancers, toys along with other objects. Very beautiful wood carvings are made by the Wanchos of Tirap. With the departure from the traditional fixed form, symmetrical postures are bieng replaced by assymetrical ones, relief works are often experimented with various themes.


Ornament making is another craft widely practiced in Arunachal Pradesh . Besides beads of various colors and sizes, blue feathered wings of birds and green wings of beetles are also used in decoration. The Akas make bamboo bangles and ear ornament which are sometimes decorated with pocker work designs. Most of the ornaments are made of beads. The Noctes and Wanchos weave them into very attractive patterns. Silver ornaments are a speciality of the Mishmis. The Idu Mishmi women wear silver fillet necklaces with lockets and beautiful earring.

Other Crafts

Paper mache, smithy work, carpentry, pottery and ivory work are popular purchases . The Monpas make hand made papers are used for writing religious prayers and hymns. The Nishing smiths still make brass ornaments, dishes and sacred bells. Pottery is the occupation of the women folk. This craft is practiced by the Noctes, Wanchos, Nishings and Apatanis. There are a number of craft centers used to provide locals with income, shops have been set up where local boys and girls are imparted training in these centers. The rich heritage of arts and crafts of Arunachal Pradesh is sure to add colour to the cultural heritage of the country.