An Analysis of Textiles designs of the Tai-Phake and Tai-Khamiyang communities

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The tradition of Ethnic textile design plays a pivotal role in modern contemporary fashion and fabric industry. The inventions and innovations involved in this industry, especially in the context of design, pattern and color are continuously evolving with the advancement of technology each and every day. Generally the traditional knowledge of any discipline is not organized, and therefore should be researched and converted into a science. The knowledge of traditional textiles specially needs to be leveraged and re-created with conversions, transformation and amalgamated for value added editions so as to remain imbibed within the realm of the upcoming generation. More so, to remain alive as a living tradition. Silk in Assam is not just a culture but a tradition, not just history but a way of life, that fits into the socio economic structure of the people, and woven around the society just like the thread around the cocoon, to be established as a legend in world history. The journey of the textile fabric in Assam and North East India is equally important and interesting, since Assam has been the innovator of many aspects related to this industry, especially the culture of (The Golden thread), white Mulberry silk, (commonly called the and , the thermal yarn. Textile designing is a technical and creative field that has the capability of bridging the gap between fashion design, home d़cor and furnishing. Without it, even the most contemporarily raved about Automobile industry, would not be complete because the upholstery is always of such fabricated material. Early transports, from the carriage, rickshaw, to zamindari Tonga all were directly related to the fulfillment of human contentment and a purposeful lifestyle. Fabrics (like plays an inevitable part in our daily life. Each morning we climb out of the bed sheets and blankets, and step into a robe and slippers. After a wash we dry ourselves with towels, and get properly dressed, with clothing of our choice. During the entire day we use and are dependent on varied woven materials, including the vehicle tyres that are reinforced with strong woven chords. Thus the importance of textile in our day to day life is multifaceted.
Supervisor: Utpal Barua