CHARISMATIC “CHIZAMI WEAVES”
People weave dreams but, that chunk of Northeast India dreams of weaving - intricate and exquisite. Especially, the women folk from this region is very passionate about the weaving industry and they invest their efforts in this art. Various kind of looms are used and among them, some of which are the throw shuttle loom, fly shuttle loom, waist loom or the back strap loom. The back strap loom is very popular among the ethnic communities of Assam (Karbi, Mishing), and also, in hill states like Nagaland. They have got a fascinating overseas history as well. The patterns and motifs are inspired from the back strap looms of Peru, Guatemala and Indonesia. Due to the texture and nature of the fabric, the width is usually woven at one time and do not exceed more than 18 to 20 inches. Larger pieces of fabric are created by stitching number of strips together.
In the year 2008, NEN pioneered a back strap weaving programme, named as ‘Chizami Weaves.’ The women in few villages of Phek district in Nagaland were targeted by this program. NEN invested on the extraordinary skills of women and tried to combine it with the changing market needs. NEN felt the rising need for subsistence living which has been the mainstay and they initiated at the right time to widen the professional choices for women and improve their socio-economic status.
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