Phulam Japi/Hats of Assam

Phulam Japi/Hats of Assam

The japi, a traditional sun-shade, continues to be an extremely well-known bamboo item. It has been in use since the days of the great Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang, who came to Assam, that visitors were welcomed with a japi. As these were used commonly by the affluent women in Assam, the japis were decorated with elaborate designs and ornamentation. In Nalbari and the surrounding villages japis are attractively decorate: against a bright red background a spiked circle is made with two bamboo splits, one inside the other, interspersed with a number of motifs like the cross, a crescent moon, and a small circle with smaller circles of butterfly designs.

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