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Craftsmen struggle for endurance of art
Feb '10
Chang and Khiamniungan communities of traditional craftsmen in Tuensang town of the state of Nagaland are taking great efforts to salvage their craft and prevent it from extinction.

Since centuries, these craftsmen are engaged in weaving baskets, but are currently under threat due to the lack of mechanism support and the reluctant approach of younger generation towards learning traditional skills.

Chendang, a village under Tuensang district, is recognized for its bamboo designing, which carries meaning and narrate stories of their customs and beliefs. But, this craft is limited only for weddings and festivals; which the craftsmen wish to flaunt across the world.

Same is the case with the craftsmen in Chuklanga village, near the border of Myanmar, who also are finding it difficult to sustain the art handed down by their forefathers. Though the village is well-known for its basket weaving and young generation is taking efforts to keep traditional craft alive, poor road connectivity to the village affects trade growth of handicraft sector.

Traditional basket weavers from Noklak, Chuklanga and Chendang, under Tuensang district are attending two week basketry workshop organized by the North East Zone Culture Centre in Dimapur. Many of these artisans have been engaged in weaving jobs since decades, and are waiting for a platform to get an opportunity to display their art and skills.

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