Lepcha Weaving of Sikkim

Sikkim is the home of three distinct races --- the Lepchas, the Bhutias, and the Tsongs. Lepcha women folk work on traditional back-strap loin- looms. . The cloth woven by the women is used for women's traditional coat material. Cotton yarn is the basic material where as the woolen yarn is utilized for the motifs over the coat. The length of the coat material is 3.5 m. and the breadth is kept at 55 cm. Today the local artists also work on items such as bags, gloves etc.