Rabha Tribal Weaving of Assam

Rabha Tribal Weaving of Assam


Kumbung, which means chaddar in the Rabha language, is a traditional Rabha dress. This is used, by the Rabha women, like a shawl, draped over the shoulder as an accessory to the sarong or kocha lufung. The designs are geometric, mainly squares, embellished with floral tracery in between coloured strips. It is woven on a loin-loom with traditional colours. The traditional Rabha muffler is woven on fly- shuttle looms with traditional colours. Rabha designs are noted for exceptionally fine patterns. The Bodo tribes of Assam are from the plains and their women wear a traditional dhakana, a fabric wrapped around the body with only the shoulders exposed. The dhakana is very much like a sari and has a border running along its edges.

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