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Buyers lured by Manipuri Lashing Phi fabric
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Jun '10
An array of handloom products, Lashing Phi, meaning cotton cloth in Manipuri, is currently attracting hordes of buyers as well as women weavers in the handloom cottage industry in Manipur.

Manufacturing variety of products, including, carpets, quilts, dining mats, cushion covers, bags and dress materials from Lashing Phi has become the latest fascinating business in Manipur's handloom cottage industry.

Some of the weavers in Imphal have adopted this lucrative trade. 'Unique Manipuri Women Association', established by O. Shyama Devi is one such cottage industry that produces items made of Lashing Phi.

Here, women weavers receive training to manufacture products from Lashing Phi by using traditional weaving looms and raw cotton fibres. Five Lashing Phi self-help groups are there in the region at present, which offer livelihood to about 50 to 60 weavers.

The raw cotton fibres required to manufacture Lashing Phi is purchased from farmers in Jiribam in bulk. Lack of infrastructure is impeding the proper development of cottage industry in this region.

The weavers in the region have been engaged in producing loin clothes and bed sheets, but manufacturing Lashing Phi is new and a kind of interesting job for them, as this cloth is both attractive and handy to use.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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