Tribes Aadi Mahotsav is currently underway at Dilli Haat and a wide range of stalls exhibiting from the North-Eastern states are attracting the public.
Home to more than 200 unique tribes, the North East is one of the most diverse and vibrant areas of the country.
The North-East tribes have a rich crafts tradition of their own, which reflect their innate natural simplicity, earthiness and identity. A glimpse of this rich tradition is on display.
Bodo weaves made of cotton, famed silk textiles, warm cups and woven shawls from Nagaland and Manipur, beautiful bamboo work from Assam, in the form of baskets, cane chairs, and pen and lamp stands, or in the rich organic natural produce which act as excellent immunity boosters such as honey, spices, and herbs, everything can be found at this national festival.
You can get kurtas, dresses, or stoles, shawls, wrap-around skits, tops and kurtis and other accessories. Saris made of moga silk, mekhala chador, pretty embroidered blouses from Assam; knitted caps, and pouches from Sikkim and Manipur are also available for sale.
The tribals of the North-East still produce weaves using the older back-strap loom and you can get pretty, handcrafted vibrant bags, pillow covers, pouches made in this way.
The weaves have designs clearly inspired by nature and are classy, sustainable and comfortable. The stalls with the grey-black pots, kettles, mugs, bowls and trays stand out in the crowd. These are all Handmade.
Visitors can also get high-quality organic food products such as rice varieties, such as Joha rice from Assam, the black rice from Manipur, pulses, spices such as large cardamom from Sikkim, cinnamon from Meghalaya, the famous Lakadong turmeric from Meghalaya and the well-known Naga chilis.
A visit to the Aadi Mahotsav is a good way to experience the vibrant and unique culture of the North-Eastern tribal people.
The Aadi Mahotsav- A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture and Commerce is on at Dilli Haat, New Delhi till the 15th February, 2020 from 11 am to 9 pm.