Khneng embroidery, a living legacy among Khasi women, is more than cloth—it's a cultural heirloom. "Khneng," or cloth in Khasi, finds its canvas in cotton, dyed with nature's hues, preserving an eco-friendly tradition.
Dive into the art's essence—geometric flair and vivid hues. The craft's heartbeat lies in meticulous stitchwork—straight lines, cross-stitches—creating a tapestry of diamonds, squares, and zigzags.
Khneng embroidery isn't mere art; it's a cultural sonnet. Worn during festivals, each stitch narrates tales of beliefs, values, and a profound connection to nature. Every piece is a canvas, painted with the artisan's unique stories.
Witness Khneng's role in crafting Khasi's soulful attire, the "Jainsem" dresses. Adorned with stories in every stitch, the chosen colors and patterns mirror life's milestones and cultural rites.
Amidst modern winds, Khneng embroidery faces challenges. Yet, the dance to preserve this heritage echoes in workshops, training, and platforms—the heartbeat of an ageless craft.
Beyond culture, Khneng stitches economic opportunities for Khasi women. Handcrafted wonders, from garments to décor, gain market applause—bridging tradition with contemporary life.
Journey to Mustoh village, Khneng's sanctuary near the Bangladesh border. Artisan Niarit Bliw weaves tales of a 200-year-old legacy, inspired by 'ktiar,' an insect. Eri fabric, sourced from Ri-Bhoi, is the canvas; basic stitches and thread count, the magic.