We have curated the ultimate list of the most popular crafts of Meghalaya!
Woodcarving of Meghalaya
Woodcarving is one of the state's cottage industries. Originated around Garo Hills by the tribal people, today woodcarving can be seen everywhere in the state. It is very common to find wooden sculptures in temples across Meghalaya. The artisans spend days carving toys primarily of people, animals, and birds. These incredible sculptures can be bought from the handicraft market in Shillong. The city's main shopping centres are Police Bazaar and Laitumkhrah. Additionally, Bara Bazaar is another famous market for soaking into the smell and beauty of Meghalaya’s handicrafts.
The state's incredible bamboo craft
Bamboo and cane are found in abundance in Meghalaya. Khasis make a unique kind of sturdy cane mat called Tlieng. Over the years, Meghalaya bamboo craft has found recognition in the international market. The artworks are often shipped to shops around the globe. Among the items made by the artisans are mats, stools, umbrellas, and baskets. Some of the most famous bamboo crafts in the state are the Khasi trap, made out of cane meant for catching fish, the Khasi Pig basket, made out of bamboo sticks used to transport pigs, and the Khasi Fruit basket, made out of special types of cane to store fruits and often vegetables.
Wrap yourself in beautiful handwoven textile
The handicrafts of Meghalaya remain incomplete without exploring the spectacular textile industry. The locals create unique patterns on shawls, clothing, and other household items made of cloth while preserving their cultural legacy. In Meghalaya, the Eri silk is prized for its durability and texture. Meghalaya's women typically wear a type of cloth called Jainsen made from mulberry silk. If you are in Shillong, do not forget to get yourself a colourful shawl as a relic. Meghalaya Angami shawls are made with colourful threads or wool and reminisce the glory of Meghalaya's past. Among the textile stitches, the most famous ones are Mikir, Taipchi and Pashni. Crafts of Meghalaya know no bounds and continue to evolve with time and technology.