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Redesign our khuttei

Every community has its own culture and traditional dress.

In our case, we do have distinctive traditional dresses for our woman folk whereas there is no such unique dress for our Bishnupriya Manipuri men. We normally use khuttei for routine day to day work and pheisom (dhoti)-panjabi for special occasions.

Off late, I have been observing that we are using Assamese Phulan Gamosa around our neck instead of our khuttei. It may be due to the evolution of the Assamese gamosa as a latest fashion statement in Assam. One can find the use of gamosa everywhere--in the dashboard and rear view mirror of car and buses to the head of rickshaw puller on the streets.

In fact, most of the tribes (Bodo, Karbi, Lalung, Rabha, etc.) of Assam have their own distinctive style of gamosa/khuttei for festive occasions. We also do have our own khuttei. But as far as I know, there is no special (short length) khuttei for social gathering or utsav.

In this context, I would like to draw the attention of our weavers to redesign our Khuttei ( to a colorful one instead of the regular checked khuttei) so as to give a distinctive identity to our Bishnupriya Manipuri men.

Pocha Heedol


  1. ya i know our country is the mixture of many communities and cultures...And all of them having its own dressing style so that's good you all are thinking to redesign your dress...

  2. Dear pH I dont know whether to say 'yes' or 'no' to your idea. First of all we have to find out whether the traditional design is ours or not. If it is ours then I dont think we chould change it. Secondly you will hardly find people involved in this weaving process as the market is flooded with stuff from manipur powerloom. regarding the design if you have a design in you mind, how you going to put it in to production line? there are n numbers of logistic and other problem. thats just my view.

  3. Courtesy to Pocha Hidol, Surajit has raised a valid question: n numbers of logistic and other problem.

    Here comes the Intellectual Property Rights – that encompasses copyright, patent, trademark, design and Geographical Indications -GI.

    Can’t we have our IPR [design, GI] on khuttai?

  4. Reading pH's article and also after reading Rishi's suggestion.... an AV add has instantly stroke in mind which is of one of the leading GSM co... it says..." What an Idea Sir jee".....


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