One of the major hereditary occupation of the Bhutia communityThe Mana community, a tribe of the Indo-Mongolian race, dates its origin 500-700 years back and is linked to several legends. The Veda and Purana texts are believed to have been written here. It is also said that the Mahabharata was written here in the Vyas Gufa, named after the ancient Indian mystic, Rishi Vyas. The Bhutia women are the real keepers of the indigenous knowledge of making herbal medicine and natural dyes.
is making of tribal handicrafts. The unique community and natural beauty apart, the village is very popular for its exquisite carpets, blankets, and colorful jerseys knitted by tribal women using indigenous techniques.
The Bhutias are known for their expertise in making a range of woollen garments and materials, besides processing and colouring wool. In fact, the woollen cottage industry is the backbone of the Bhutia tribal economy. Most families own their own sheep, yielding sizeable quantities of wool within the homestead.
The ladies are expert artisans in creating a variety such as woollen pullovers, hand-driven fans, Asan (small mat), Dan (carpet), Chutka (a type of woollen blanket or quilt) etc. Before 1962, there was trans-border trade with Tibet and the import of wool was a major source of income for the Bhutias. However, the wool-based cottage industry shuttered after 1962.