The West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, in association with the University’s Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Visual Arts, organized a six-day workshop on ‘Traditional Lepcha Weaving’ at Pudung, near Kalimpong, in Kalimpong district, West Bengal from February 19 to 24, 2017.
The objective of the workshop was to encourage and support traditional weavers of the Lepcha community which has been well known for centuries for the high standards of their weaving. They have skills which have been handed down from generation to generation.
The workshop arranged for the training of forty Rabindra Bharati University students from Kolkata by highly skilled weavers of the Lepcha community. Arrangement was also done for research and documentation on the traditional weaving of the Lepchas by gathering as much data and information as possible and endeavoring to make traditional Lepcha weaving more widely known.
With such initiatives, it is indeed a great help for the Lepcha community to make people aware of the work they do.
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