Some 30 odd years back, loin loom/handlooms was found in every household of our Northeastern state; every girl was handed down the art of weaving by her mother or female elders in the family. But due to the advent of industrialization, weaving by using the loin loom has taken a backseat. This weaving is an art form where it contains the intricate meaning and identity of the tribal states of the Northeast. It is a sad thing to see within the tribal community as this age old practice was a source of income and livelihood for the families.
Loinloom is sustainable, environment friendly and it has got a lot of wider scope for the younger generation, as the growth of demands at the International market for the Loinloom textiles are very encouraging. This Loinloom art form is also called as “Slow Fashion” as it takes lot of patience, dedication and days for the process of creating a small patch of shawls, because of this the final and finished products are expensive and it is valuable for the customers.
In Nagaland during the month of December a society called “Exotic Echos of Nagaland” at Diezephe Handicraft village host this International Loinloom festival coinciding with the Hornbill festival at Kisama. The age old traditional heritage is preserve and promoted by this very society for 4 years now. Even this year they are organizing the 5th Edition of International Loinloom Festival from 6-7 December.
The Government should focus and give importance so that the Stakeholder and concern society will uplift this rich tradition. As the skilled workers are our grand-mothers and elders who can guide the younger weavers to weave with the right motifs, patterns and style if this is not passed on to the next younger generation we might be losing our identity, heritage and tradition, as every details is part of a “Story Narration” of our rich tradition.

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