Japi Making Cluster, Nalbari
Jaapi is considered to be the symbolism of Assamese culture and handicraft. The colourful Assamese Jaapi (headgear) and various decorative items bear witness to the craftsmanship of this land. Craftsmanship of Jaapi in Nalbari is an ancient tradition passed on through generations. The Jaapi makers inherit techniques and skills from their forefathers. Almost every household in the villages has a Jaapi manufacturing unit, thus forming most important source of livelihood. These places boast of skilled and veteran Jaapi-makers who are engaged with the profession from a very long time.
Nalbari district of Assam is located in the western part of Assam. The place is famous for its various historical and religious attractions. The Nalbari District is situated in between 26oN and 27o N latitude and 91o E and 97o E longitude. The northern side of the district is bounded by the Indo-Bhutan International boundary and the southern side by the mighty Brahmaputra. The Darrang and the Kamrup District falls in the east and the Barpeta District in the west.
Our Cluster Location is situated approximately 60 km from the state capital Guwahati and 5 kms from the Nalbari town under East Nalbari Block in Nalbari district. 4 villages within radius of 3-4 kms; namely- Tilana, Suterkuchi, Dighali and Mugkuchi
The main raw material, Bamboo and Palm Leaves for Haloa Jaapi Bamboo, Palm leaves, cotton cloth, velvet cloth and paper and mica for fulam Jaapi. It is said that the activity of this craft in the village dates back more than 50 years. The cluster has about 500 artisans spread over different villages, which includes SC, General communities.
Products of Cluster: The main variants of Jaapi manufactured in the Cluster are 1. Fulam Jaapi 2. Haloa Jaapi.
Fulam Jaapi: This Jaapi is mainly manufactured for decoration and felicitation purpose.
Haloa Jaapi: This Jaapi is mainly manufactured for use as umbrella by farmers.