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Surbala & Ranibala

The Kouna Sisters - Irengbam Surbala & Ranibala Devi, Manipur

The 'Kouna Sisters' have brought to life the unique and dying craft of Kouna. Irenbam Surbala and Renubala Devi are two industrious artisans from Manipur who have earned a name for their artistic production of decorative and household items made from Tulle's stems (known as Kouna locally).

Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving

All the members of the family are well specialized in the making and production of Kouna products. Their elder brother, Somen had earned recognitions for his contributions in the field and was a National Awardee felicitated by Ministry of Textile Industries in1999. The untimely demise of Somen in 2009 brought the responsibility of running the family business on the shoulders of these two brave and hardworking sisters.

Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving

Although their business is presently small and a family-led one with financial constraints, they have more than 30 artisans working in their work-shed producing a wide array of items like jewelry boxes, stools, bags and mats. The revival and global recognition of this ancestral art through mainstream exposure has been the dream of the two sisters.

Below, Surbala & Ranibala's family at their home with Gunindro Singh, Giska Product Specialist for Manipur.

 Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving Kouna Sisters Manipur Surbala Ranibala Water Reed Weaving

Surbala and Ranibala are still single and are presently looking after their family. They live in Konjengbam Leikai, Imphal as a joint family with their mother, sister-in-law and her little son.

Check out their lovely creations on Giskaa.com, an honouring of an ancient art passed down through their forefathers. Search for 'Kouna bag' in the Search box.

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A-Shaped Natural Reed Colored Handbag

Add a unique touch to your personality by carrying this trendy handmade water reed natural colored handbag. Made in Manipur

Weight: 390 g
Dimension: Length 10" x Width 15" X Thickness 5"

Rs. 852 Rs. 767

Braided Shoulder Bag

Fashionable shoulder bag, handmade with maroon and natural water reed mixed colors, is braided with interwoven patterns. Made in Manipur

Weight: 340 g
Dimension: 9.5" x 12" x 8.5"

Rs. 610 Rs. 549

Eco-friendly Boat Shape Handbag

Eco-friendly handmade boat shape design handbag that is designed for the uber cool urban woman. Made in Manipur

Weight: 270 g
Dimension: 8" x 16.5" x 8.5"

Rs. 643 Rs. 579

Eco-friendly Water Reed Coasters

With intricate weaves, this set of 6 coasters is handmade from water reed which makes them unique. Made in Manipur

Weight: 60 g
Dimension: 1.5" x 4.5" x 3.5"

Rs. 196

Eco-Friendly Water Reed Rounded Jewelry Box

This traditional yet trendy handcrafted round natural coloured water reed jewellery box is a must have for all those ladies who love to collect and adorn jewelleries. Made in Manipur

Rs. 671 Rs. 604

Handmade Eco-friendly Attached Top Water Reed Picnic Basket

Say goodbye to space-less picnic bags, when Water Reed handmade bags with wide interiors are available! Attached with a picnic basket on top, this bag is made in Manipur

Weight: 950g
Dimension: 12" x 16" x 11"

Rs. 1,247 Rs. 1,060

Handmade Eco-friendly Multipurpose Water Reed Basket

Carry in elegant suitcase style, this eco-friendly handmade water reed multipurpose basket. Use it either as a laundry, storage or picnic basket. Made in Manipur

Weight: 950 g
Dimension: 12" x 16" x 11"

Rs. 1,134

Multipurpose Green Colour Striped Water Reed Basket

Beautifully woven with water reed, this environmentally friendly handmade multipurpose basket is perfect to keep your magazines and newspapers. Made in Manipur

Rs. 950

Multipurpose Red Colour Striped Water Reed Basket

Beautifully woven with water reed, this environmentally friendly handmade multipurpose basket is perfect to keep your magazines and newspapers. Made in Manipur

Rs. 1,053

Natural Reed & Green Colored Striped Basket

An ideal everyday bag or perfect resort carryall, this chic handmade basket tote will freshen your look instantly. Made in Manipur

Weight: 460 g
Dimension: 11" x 14.5" x 4.5"

Rs. 873

Oval Shaped Natural Reed Colored Handbag

Make an impeccable style statement by carrying this natural water reed colored oval shaped handbag. Made in Manipur

Weight: 350 g
Dimension: 10.5" x 15.5" x 5"

Rs. 682 Rs. 614

Oval Shaped Braided Mixed Colored Handbag

Make a unique and impeccable style statement by carrying this handmade dark purple & natural water reed colored handbag. Made in Manipur

Weight: 450 g
Dimension: 9.5" x 14.5" x 5.5"

Rs. 677 Rs. 609

Oval Shaped Striped Eco-friendly Handbag

Make an impeccable style statement with this handmade water reed bag, colored with purple stripes in an attractive, oval shape. Made in Manipur

Weight: 350 g
Dimension: 10.5" x 15.5" X 5"

Rs. 719 Rs. 647

U-Shaped Natural Reed Colored Handbag

Fashionable handmade U-shaped water reed natural colored handbag is meant for everyday use. Made in Manipur

Weight: 310 g
Dimension: Height-8.5" x Width-13.5" x Thickness-5"

Rs. 643 Rs. 579

V Shaped Jalli Natural Reed Color Handbag

Define sophistication with this Water Reed Clutch, handmade to perfection by intricate detailing. Made in Manipur

Weight: 350 g
Dimension: Top: 12" Base: 8" Height: 10" Thickness: 4"

Rs. 583 Rs. 525

V Shaped Mixed Color Handbag

Add a dash of sophistication to your look by carrying this handmade maroon & natural water reed mixed colored V-shaped ladies handbag. Made from Manipur

Weight: 350 g
Dimension: 9.5" x 17" x 8.5"

Rs. 701 Rs. 631

Water Reed Clutch Bag

Handy and beautiful, this water reed clutch is handmade with exquisite weaves. Made in Manipur

Weight: 150g
Dimension: 4" X 8.5"

Rs. 324

Water Reed Cuboidal Shape Laundry Basket - Set of 3

Keep your space neat and clean with this set of three handwoven water reed laundry bags. Made in Manipur

Rs. 2,047

Water Reed Cylindrical Shape Laundry Basket - Set of 3

Keep your space neat and clean with this set of three handwoven water reed laundry bags. Made in Manipur

Rs. 2,047

Water Reed Jewelry-box

Elegant natural color jewelry box made from Water Reed. Made in Manipur

Weight: 260 g
Dimension: 6" x 11" x 5.5"

Rs. 592 Rs. 533

Water Reed Red Colour Striped Jewelry Box

This enthralling handcrafted and eco-friendly water reed jewellery box is perfectly proportioned for you to keep your ornaments safe and secure. Made in Manipur

Rs. 582 Rs. 524
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