Nicknamed the ‘Manchester of Assam for its weaving industry, the village of Sualkuchi lies on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 35 km from Guwahati.
This popular Handloom Heritage Village is the textile centre of Assam and is famous for its high-quality Muga, Pat and Eri silks. These are woven using techniques passed through generations into beautiful Mekhela chadors, the traditional Assamese dress and Gamosas, a multipurpose white rectangular piece of material used after bathing, to cover prayer hall altars and scriptures, and as waistcloths or headwear.
Sualkuchi is surrounded by golden paddy fields, cattle grazing amongst the hillocks and naamghars (community prayer halls) with intricately designed entrances. You can spot the flora and fauna of Sualkachi such as creepers, peacocks, and geometric flowers both outdoors and on the beautifully handwoven garments.
To find out more about the handloom industry of Sualkuchi, head to Aamar Sualkuchi, a collection of sculptural forms portraying the different weaving processes. This is a great place to learn about the preservation of the culture and heritage of the village.
The beautiful 400-year old Hatisatra Monastery spreads the message of Vaishnavism culture and has numerous colourful statues in dedication to Lord Krishna. One of the largest monasteries in Sualkuchi, it is a popular tourist destination and attracts a large number of pilgrims.
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