Khasi women wear a special attire called ‘Dhara’ or ‘Nara’ during special occasions or grand ceremonies. The traditional attire worn by the Khasi women is a costly silk material woven out of Mulberry silk yarn. Though simple in their designs, they come in various colours and border patterns. The traditional Khasi Dhara is mostly plain in design with simple border patterns.

This is different from the typical Benaras sarees which is more elaborate, with several pieces of cloth, giving the body a cylindrical shape. This elegant hand woven dress that has been made by the Udem weavers, reveals modern influences that give a contemporary flair to their rich traditions.


  • Title: Silk Khasi Dhara
  • Date Created: 2016-11
  • Location: Meghalaya, India
  • Photography: Ebor Tariang

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