Art&Craft
Visitors can look forward to an insight into the unique life and culture of the region through its visual arts and craft. The delicate art forms of Satria and Bihu folk dance and music are the highlight of this experience.

Take an insightful look into the riveting world of dance and music. The rhythms of the folk art perpetuate the daily lifestyle so naturally that it is difficult to ascertain where the line between art and life gets blurred. At the heart of Assamese culture is Bihu. World famous, this dance is performed by male and female dancers wearing traditional muga garments. As is the tradition, the dance steps emulate men and women teasing each other. An array of timeless instruments like the dhol, pepa, gagana, taka, taal, bahiare lend foot tapping melody to the graceful and measured movements.

Satria Nitrya, continuing from the 16th century, is part of Vaishnavi culture, and is characterised by delicate postures, expressive eyes and nimble feet; and mainly performed by youth and children. Ankia Bhaona, a form of drama, is still performed in the 16th century style with elegant costumes and the use of musk to enhance expressions.

As in many parts of Assam, people in this small hamlet are engaged with different traditional crafts. Virtually every household harvests silk and weaves it using local dyes; bamboo and wood craft come next. A small number are also engaged in making traditional musical instruments and pottery.

Visitors can view the processes behind the making of the gorgeous Asomiya outfits such as the Mekhala-Chador (a skirt and dupatta worn like a saree). Women artisans of the village produce a range of textiles with traditional designs, to make a host of contemporary, traditional and adaptive products.

Hand made bamboo craft includes ethnic products such as mats and baskets, as well as contemporary items such as lampshades and table mats. Craft items are available at the village crafts outlet, and at Dhun Pech, the visitor craft market.

As part of the community based tourism initiative, encouragement has been given to the use of indigenous materials such as bamboo, cane, thatch, jute and clay which are ecologically and environmentally friendly. Traditionally these materials have found many uses in houses and buildings, being well suited to the local climate, and the raw material being freely available.
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