Traditional motifs of Dimasas in Dima Hasao District, Assam: An insight into their origin and use by the traditional women weavers
Sangeeta Haflongbar and Aparajita De
The traditional costume of a community is indicative of its identity, livelihood patterns and social and cultural beliefs. They are the aesthetic expressions of the rich cultural traditions. They give an idea about the ethnicity, profession and traditional knowledge of the community. It has been observed that traditional costumes are often decorated with motifs depicting various kinds of plants and animals or their parts, inanimate objects and in some cases abstract art. . Weaving is done exclusively by the Dimasa women in their household looms. The cotton yarn or silk yarn is mostly produced in their household farms. The present study documents 82 traditional motifs of the Dimasa weavers from Dima Hasao district. Out of this, 46 motifs have been identified and their origins have been successfully traced. . Data was gathered through snowball sampling and personal observations. The study highlights the close relationship that this tribe shares with nature.
Keywords: Motifs, costumes, Dimasa, Dima Hasao, weaving, traditional knowledge.