Ziro valley in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ - Arunachal Pradesh, is the home of several tribal communities. Within this intimate space, the culture of weaving fabrics is an integrating factor. The Apa Tani community practices a distinctive design language in their traditional weaving practice. A simple loom, made of bamboo and wooden sticks is behind the majestic creation of Apa Tani weave. The entire process of, that is, from cleaning the fibres to weaving preparatory till final finishing of the fabric, materialises in a very organic manner within the Apa Tani settlements.
This extraordinary weave from the valley carries a multitude of symbolic meanings with the geometric motifs and colours used. The chevron weave, inspired by the hilly terrain surrounding the valley, enriches the texture. The geometric motifs incarnate the flora and fauna of the Ziro biosphere. It marks the social status of the wearer and thus, it is usually awarded to the guests of eminence.
Indigo, natural white and organic shades of red often dominate the colour palette of this craft. With the minimal industrial invasion, the Apa Tani fabric can command over the wellness sector, as it has the power to connect with the serenity and spirituality associated with its origin. Application of this weave in any form, when sourced directly from the community would encourage and support this lesser-known craft from this region significant to India.