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Title: Traditional Lepcha craft Sumok-thyaktuk (Lepcha Hat) and its conservation in Dzongu Tribal Reserved Area (DTRA), Sikkim, India
Authors: Lepcha, S R
Gurung, R
Arrawatia, M L
Keywords: Sumok-thyaktuk;Lepcha;Dzongu;Chogyal
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int.Cl.8:A45C 3/00, B25H 3/00, A47B 43/00, A47B 81/00, B25H 3/04, A47
Abstract: The Sumok thyaktuk or Lepcha traditional hat is an oldest form of craft, unique and exclusive to the Lepcha tribe living in the Dzongu Tribal Reserve Area (DTRA) of Sikkim. The hat is intricately woven with the Ru or cane (Calamus acanthospathus), Po-young local bamboo (Cephalostachyum capitatum). Each part of the hat and its artistic design hold its own traditional meaning and significance. The hat formed the headgear of the royal soldiers later on Sikkim Guard during the regime of Chogyal dynasty in Sikkim. Wearing the head gear in marriage ceremony, worships and other festivals is mandatory in the tribe. With the advent of other modern days trendy outfits in the locality, these traditional head gear is now facing serious threat and is actually in the verge of extinction. Therefore, the present study is an attempt to study the detail work of art and to document them systematically for the conservation of this dying art.
Page(s): 537-541
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.11(3) [July 2012]

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