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Traditional Manipuri Weaving
In Manipur Meitei lores, the weaving of textile appears as a replica of the cosmic process. During the dance of creation, the male and female messengers of God (Maiba and Maibi) stimulate the sound of spinning and weaving. In other words, creation is a magnificent process of weaving to the cosmic being. It is a matter of great significance that in the traditional belief system of the Meiteis, it is the God of Handicrafts (Leisembi) who taught the Meiteis, the method of textile weaving as well as the mystique of the creation dance.
Unlike weaving in other parts of India, the Manipur weaving is entirely the work of women. Weaving is a part of their domestic duties. In fact, it is a primary qualification of a Meitei woman. The handloom industry is practically monopolized by women not only from the idea of economic necessity but also from the sense of social tradition.