Jorhat (Assam), June 28 (ANI): Jappi, a traditional bamboo hat, has been in use in Assam since time immemorial. However, people here should be creditted for keeping the art alive.
Made with Tocco leaves, cane and bamboo, Jappi has been in use since the days of Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang, who was welcomed in Assam with a Jappi.
Jappi making is a source of livelihood for many people. An artisan usually makes about 10 hats a day and earns up to Rs. 2,000 to 3,000 rupees a week.
"Jappi is used not only by the farmers, but it is also used by the Tea garden laborers and the demand is very high. I am able to take care of my family from the income I get from selling the hat," said Ganesh Kolita, Jappi Artisan, Jorhat.
"These days the making and usage of Jappi is declining with the invention of alternative resources using scientific methods. In the past, every Assamese household made Jappi, however these days most of the people don't know how to make Jappi. I believe the Jappi culture is still popular among the people and I hope it will remain and be preserved even in the future. The youth of Assam should take up this kind and easy and profitable work so as to augment their earnings," said Barun Gogoi, local resident in Assam.
Jappis are affordable with prices ranging from 25 to rupees 40 a piece. They are a favourite with the farmers and tea garden workers who use it as a sunshade.
Jappis are also gifted to guests and friends as a gesture of affection and love. By Vaschipem Kamodang (ANI)