Indian Cork/Kuhila Koth of Assam

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Indian Cork/Kuhila Koth of Assam

Kuhila koth (Indian cork), fiber weaving, is one of the main handicrafts of the Batadrava area of Nowgong district and is also considered a major cottage industry in Gauripur area of Dhubri district in Lower Assam.  Kuhila is cultivated in the low-lying, marshy areas. The portion that remains below the water is utilised. The fibrous outer covering is scraped with a knife and then dried in the sun. It is then cut lengthwise into smaller pieces, which are then woven on a simple loom-like gadget made of wood and bamboo poles.

The first kuhila koth in Assam is said to be made by Mohapurush Madhavdev. The items produced today include seats, mats, and cushions.





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