The state of Meghalaya is well known for various crafts. Handicrafts made with cane and bamboo products, textile weaving, carpet weaving, ornament making and woodcarving also hold important place in Meghalaya’s art and crafts. In fact, weaving forms an integral part in the culture of the state and its tribes. Markets like Police bazar, Bara bazar and Laitumkhrah in the capital city are a few places where you can buy the innumerable handicraft items that Meghalaya produces.
Cane and bamboo is available in plenty in the hilly state of Meghalaya. The fibre grows very fast and some variety can even grow by a meter per day. Many varieties are available here. Bamboo is used for making houses in plenty. Mats of bamboo are made from thin strips which makes the walls of te houses. The mats are fixed to wooden strips of bamboos.
Different varieties of baskets are made in Meghalaya. The artistic baskets are known as meghum khoks locally. Khoks or thugis and other baskets are used to store different day to day items. The tribes of Meghalay have been manufacturing these bamboo items for ages and even use the baskets for storing valuable items and clothes.
The khasi tribals are masters in weaving cane into mats, stools and even umbrellas. The umbrellas are known as Kurup in the local language.