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Traditional Crafts

Handicrafts
Excellent variety of handicrafts using bamboo and cane are made by different ethnic groups which have earned great name and fame throughout the country. The most famous handicraft products are Room Divider, Decorated wall panels, Attractive furniture of cane , Different decorative pieces using Bamboo roots, Bamboo Dining table mats, Floor mats and various other gift items. Tourist can watch the craft persons at work in different villages and buy handicraft and handloom products from Purbasha, a Govt.of Tripura undertaking Sales Emporium and other private Sales Emporium throughout the state.

Cane and Bamboo Handicrafts
FroBamboo Being Transportedm time immemorial Tripura has carved out a name for itself in the field of Handicrafts. The Gifted artisans produce wonderful objects of crafts from simple material like cane, bamboo & wood. There rare artistic skill has not been streamlined in the manufacture of exquisite household pieces. Tripura's unique topography and the gracious nature bestowed their choicest blessings on the hereditary artisans of Tripura. Here three distinct cultures viz. Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam have converged together to give shape and content to a unique tradition that found eloquent expression through immemorable work of art & crafts made out of very simple materials like cane, bamboo, clay, wood, palm leaf etc. With the passage of time, there has been changes in the demographic character of the state. But in each phase of her history, Tripura has shown remarkable inner strength of assimilation of synthesis, while retaining her own Bamboo Producttraditional heritage. With the original distinct tribal motifs were added the skills of Manipuri and Bengali artisans who came subsequently to settle in this land. Time has changed and so also the quick adaptability of our gifted artisans who never failed to respond to the demands of contemporary tastes.

From time immemorial Tripura has carved out a name for itself in the field of Handicrafts. The Gifted artisans produce wonderful objects of crafts from simple material like cane, bamboo & wood. There rare artistic skill has not been streamlined in the manufacture of exquisite household pieces. Tripura's unique topography and the gracious nature bestowed their choicest blessings on the hereditary artisans of Tripura. Here three distinct cultures viz. Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam have converged together to give shape and content to a unique tradition that found eloquent expression through immemorable work of art & crafts made out of very simple materials like cane, bamboo, clay, wood, palm leaf etc. With the passage of time, there has been changes in the demographic character of the state. But in each phase of her history, Tripura has shown remarkable inner strength of assimilation of synthesis, while retaining her own traditional heritage. With the original distinct tribal motifs were added the skills of Manipuri and Bengali artisans who came subsequently to settle in this land. Time has changed and so also the quick adaptability of our gifted artisans who never failed to respond to the demands of contemporary tastes.

Cane & Bamboo occupy a distinctive place in the life of Tripura. From cradle to grave, there is hardly any occasion, complete without the use of cane & bamboo.

Handloom
The handloom industry of Tripura is very famous. At present it is not organised . The weavers are scattered all over the state. As the unemployment rate is very high in the state , and there is no dearth of literate youth , the state government is developing the Handloom Industry into a full fledged industry . Besides giving a better value to the weaver for their work , it will also generate employment for educated youth . The development of this Industry will directly result in the upliftment of the rural mass development of Tripura.

The Handloom of Tripura in two categories
1.Commercial
2.Non-commercial looms

Non-commercial looms are operated by the tribal inhabitants of the state. They weave fabrics for their own consumption whereas the commercial looms are controlled by the Bengalis as well as Manipuri weavers. So the Handloom Industry of Tripura is the reflection of Tribals, Manipuri and Bengalies.

However, handloom is the single largest and perhaps the oldest industry in the state of Tripura and is scattered in the rural as well as semi-urban areas. It has grown with the civilisation itself and people in this region look to weaving inseparable part of life. THe industry has grown as the art has passed from one generation to another. It plays a dominant role in the economic development of the rural masses. This industry also forms an important sector providing employment to the rural poor.

The tribal women of Tripura religiously devoted to weaving. The beginning of ritual has always been with the offering of flowers and beautiful piece of Riha and Risa given by the great grand mother and followed by each and every tribal family as their tradition. In fact it was a pre-requisite for every tribal girl to know weaving. Otherwise she should not be considered as a bride. The tribal people produce their own clothes imparting them various designs, texture as well as colour; all of which are long lasting. Among the traditional produces, mention may be made of Risa and Riha (breast garments). Riha is remarkable for its colorful variety and texture. The Bengalee weavers who have migrated in Tripura from the erstwhile East Pakistan (Bengal) are the main commercial weaver and play a significant role in the development of Handloom Industry. They have also contributed to the development of texture, variety in the Handloom Industry. The Manipuri weavers are also playing an important role in developing Handloom Industry in Tripura.

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HorticulturePicking Oranges,Jampui Hills
Tripura is land of high hills, hillocks, interspersed with rivers and valleys having moderately warm and humid climate, well distributed annual rainfall of 2500 mm. The terrain soil and climate of the State of Tripura are ideally suited for rain-fed Horticulture. Fruits like Pineapple, Jackfruit, Orange, Litchi, Cashewnut, Coconut, Lime, Lemon are produced in abundance. Fruit crops in the State are grown on hillocks, availing the well distributed rainfall without application of any fertilizers or chemicals.

Tripura is fortunate to have agrciultural as well as climatic conditions suitable for production of a large variety of horticultural crops chief among which include "Queen" and "Kew"; varieties of pineapple, oranges, lichis and cashew. Each of these from Tripura are well known in the rest of the country. These products are also free of any chemical residue. Insipte of this, the Fruit Processing industry in Tripura is at a nascent stage. The Government has helped the state of Tripura in pineapple processing- NERAMAC (a Government of India undertaking), has set up a modern Pineapple Juice Concentrate Plant at Nalkata in North Tripura District, with a processing capacity of about 5760 TPA. The Plant at Nalkata is operating at a low level due to non-operation of aseptic filter. However, the same is being rectified and natural juice concentrate will be available from the pineapple season of this millenium year.

Rubber
Recently declared the "Second Rubber Capital of India" by the Rubber Board, the state of Tripura has availability of good quantity of high quality rubber offers ample scope for setting up of rubber-based industries in the state. Rubber has therefore been identified as one of the thrust areas in Tripura. Studies show that about 100,000 hectares of area in the state can be brought under rubber plantation though the area under rubber cultivation at present is estimated to be about 23,500 hectares, second largest, after Kerala. The yield @ 1,500 kg per hectare and the quality of rubber are also comparable to Kerala’s plantations. In fact,

The state government has taken up an ambitious programme to increase the area under rubber plantations by another 20,000 MT by the end of Ninth Plan i.e., by 2001-02 AD, with assistance from the Central Government, the Rubber Board and the World Bank. As a result, it is expected that the rubber production, which is presently about 5,000 MT per annum, will increase to about 20,000 MT.

Natural Gas
Tripura has vast reserves of natural gas in non-associate form. The gas is of high quality, with high methane content of about 97% and without any presence of H2S of Sulphur and other impurities. ONGC has been actively engaged in exploration activities in the State since 1972. The availability of superior quality natural gas, at concessional price, offers a great opportunity to prospective investors, to set up gas-based industrial units, using natural gas as Feedstock.

One major advantage in setting up a gas-based project in Tripura is the concessional pricing of gas for North-eastern region.

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