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Handicrafts of Meghalaya

There are several crafts found in Meghalaya and the significant ones are cane and bamboo work, artistic weaving and wood carving. Wood-crafts are not transacted for trade. They are age-old motifs of artistic, decorative and ceremonial value.

The people of Meghalaya consisting of three ancient hill communities – the Garos, Khasis and the Jaintias have a special skill of crafting and making traditional bamboo and cane products. Most of the tribes are engaged in different types of handicraft making including bamboo and cane products.

The art and craft of Meghalaya have a uniqueness of its own. They are very intricately made and beautiful to look at. Tourists coming to this northeastern part is mesmerized to see the sheer wonder of art and craft of Meghalaya. The abundance of bamboo makes it possible for the artists to make the bamboo and cane products. These products have now received recognition not only in the national market but also in the international market and are much in demand. Cane and bamboo product making is one of the prime occupations of the tribal people of Meghalaya. Cane and bamboo products like different household items, furniture, accessories, and musical instruments are made by the people.

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