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Angora Shawls All Set For A Make Over

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 9, 2009

Angora ShawlsMoving ahead of the traditional designs like Buddha eight lucky sign and endless knot, the State handloom in Sikkim is getting some make over. Well, the very popular Angora Shawls , which marks its origin from Sikkim, is getting renovated.

Now, the handicrafts and handloom department of the state is adopting new designs and techniques to enhance its popularity. Their focus now is more to incorporate the use of other motifs and embroidery in shawls, giving the hand made shawls an all new look.

This comes after a bunch of local girls, experts on the field, were sent to Himachal Prdesh to learn new techniques to enhance the quality of the shawl-making. On this, Chozang Lepcha, Deputy Director of Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom of Sikkim says, “Recently, we sent our girls to Kullu in Himachal Pradesh for graph training. Now we are incorporating all known motifs and designs in Sikkim to our shawls.”

Lepcha further explains, “We have also tried to incorporate embroidery to our shawls. We are witnessing a good market for our new designs.” The department now plans to utilize information technology for developing modern designs. “Recently, in our institute, the Computer Aided Design (CAD) facility has been established. Now we want to include modern design in our shawls with the help of CAD,” Lepcha informed.

With 32 centres across the state, the handloom department intents to preserve traditional arts and crafts while training and employing the local youth.

Originally available in grey, brown and white colours, Angora shawls are definitely a thing to look at for those who plan to have a peep into the small state of Sikkim. These shawls are made from Angora wool, which are obtained from Angora rabbit breed locally. Of late, there has been a high demand for these shawls among people.



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