Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. Throughout Arunachal Pradesh weaving is an integral part of a culture. Department of Textiles and Handicrafts is helping in bringing modernization to the traditional way.

Two different types of weaving are followed in Arunachal;
they are: (i) Loin Loom Weaving (ii) Fly Shuttle Weaving

Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric for use in many types of garments. Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of intermeshing of loops.

Hand Driven Flat Knitting Machine/V-Bed Knitting Machine (Manual Knitting):This type of knitting machine is introduced for the first time in Department of Textiles and handicrafts. Currently trainings are given on the flat bed machine in Research and Design centre, Doimukh. Training is for 1(one) year, wherein the trainees are taught to use the machine, which manual operated. Once the Training is finished the passed out trainees are given opportunity as production labors, thus creating job opportunity as well.

Computerized Knitting Machine (Computerized Knitting): Similarly, computer operated machines which are fully automated. Training is given on this too along with the manual operated flat bed machine..

Practiced almost always by women, it’s a part of life, with most weaves and designs having specific meaning and role.


A shuttle is a tool designed to neatly and compactly store a holder that carries the thread of the weft yarn while weaving with a loom. Shuttles are thrown or passed back and forth through the shed, between the yarn threads of the warp in order to weave in the weft.

A carpet is a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile was traditionally made from wool, but since the 20th century, synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon or polyester are often used, as these fibers are less expensive than wool. The pile usually consists of twisted tufts which are typically heat-treated to maintain their structure.

One year training is also given on the tailoring process. Tailoring master takes care to teach the entire basic requirement for stitching a cloth on the tailor machine along with the embroidery making

A Thanka painting is a Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thanka painting training requires 3 (three) years to master the skill, department has painting masters to help keep this traditional art alive.

Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Training is for 2(two) years.

Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter’s wheel, the lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms.

Wood carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on millet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object.

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used.