- The State government of Tripura aims to promote risa nationallyas Tripura’ssignature garment.
- For this, various initiatives have been taken like providing risa uniforms toanganwadiand ASHA workersand facilitating training for making risaatTripura Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation.
- The risa is being branded under the India Handloom Brand. This supports the‘Vocal for Local’ initiativeof the central government.
Risa is a handwoven clothused as a female upper garment.
Risa is a part of traditional Tripuri attirethat comprises three parts – risa,rignai and rikutu.
- Rignai: It is primarily worn as the lower garmentand literally translatesinto ‘to wear’. It can be understood as an indigenous variety of the sari ofmainland India.
- Rituku: It is mainly used as a wrap, or like a ‘chunri’ or a ‘pallu’of theIndian saree.Sometimes, Risa is also used as headgear, a stole, or a present to expressrespect.
- Adolescent Tripuri girls are first given a risa to wear in an event called RisaSormani, at age 12 to 14.
- Risa is also used as a turban by men during weddings and festivals.Risa is common in almost all 19 indigenous tribal communities ofTripura. However, each community has its own designs.
- It is used in religious festivals such as Garia Puja by tribal communities.
Garia Puja Festival:
- It is a major festival in Tripura, held on the last day of themonth of Chaitra.
- Celebrated as a harvest festival by the ethnic tribes – Tripuris andReangs.
- In this festival, the Garia dance is also performed.