Arts and Culture
The textile of India is attracting the attention of researchers for quite a long time both for historicity, variety and colourful patterns and designs. The textile craft of North East India is known for the variety of motifs each having some ethnographic significance. However, the histories of the north-east Indian textiles is not well documented and almost unknown until the western scholars attributes a number of 14th-16th Century textiles pieces known as “Vaishnavite silks” of lampas technique to be originated in Assam. The erstwhile Assam (or, Kamrupa as it was then known) which is the home of four varieties of silks (and fine cotton) even today and people of which region knew the technique of preparing very good quality textile dyes has a long textile tradition. Although, the dearth of material evidence from the past is a problem for study of textile history but the oral sources and linguistic evidences can speak a lot on the socio-cultural significance of these textiles. This paper attempts to give a outline of the textile tradition of the north eastern India, specifically Assam and the eye catching textile motifs.