Weaving Kerang: Bark Cloth of Gadaba Adivasis

by Pankaja Sethi


Interactions with Gadaba women on the bark cloth kerang , an identity marker of the Gadaba Adivasis
Kerang is the traditional cloth of Gadaba Adivasis. It is a bark cloth made from local plants woven by Gadaba women. The cloth is handspun and handwoven on a back-strap loom in vibrant red, white and blue vertical stripes. Two pieces of kerang are used to cover the body. One piece is tied around the waist and another piece is knotted on the shoulder on one side to cover the upper part of the body. Since many decades Gadaba women have left weaving, thus, the local tradition of kerang weaving has languished.

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