The Emporium Handicraft Centre is home to the works of traditional artists and craftsmen of Tawang who are majorly known for their Monpa masks and other peculiar art. Located near the district commissioner’s office, the Emporium Handicraft Centre is a state-run initiative to give the local craftsmen encouragement to continue with their trade by giving them a source of livelihood from their art. As the place is run by the government of Arunachal Pradesh, visitors can bank on the authenticity and quality of the product available.
As the region is blessed with lush green forests, various kinds of wood is extracted to make various objects of their daily use as well as for other purposes because of which their skills on wood work is worth checking out. The experts who are involved in this wood craft are known as ‘Trukpa’ and the low table they work on is called ‘Cho-tze’
Monpas have a distinct variety of masks, which are worn by monks at big monastery or temple celebrations during the so-called “cham” dances. The present mask is carved from light-coloured wood and dyed black on both its front side and the back. These masks are proudly displayed at the emporium and will give a tribal touch to your living room.
The locals of Tawang district have had weaving meet their essential requirements for clothing since eternity. Weaving in their society is done almost exclusively by women. Girls are trained in the art of weaving from a very early age. The basic raw materials used by them in weaving are wool and cotton yarn. Their signature pattern, design, and their vibrant color choices are what make their finished products eye-catching and will probably catch your attention at the emporium.
The Monpas are also experts in the art of making incense. The basic raw materials used by the Monpas in making incense are the leaves and stems of the juniper tree.
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