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Check This Out Assam Handicraft Tradional Japi or Headgear wich is used to originally protective headgear woven out of bamboo and palm leaves worn by farmers as protection against sun and rain. Mostly farmers and cowherds use Japi in ancient days as used both as a hat and an umbrella. But the size of the jaapi used to be very large and in the rainy climatic condition of Assam, it was very useful. It is much more comfortable to use than an umbrella for farmers. Jaapi is made of tightly woven bamboo and/or cane and tokou paat (Trachycarpus martianus a large, palm leaf. Generally taku paats are used for shelter roofing and jaapi). The name, jaapi comes from jaap, bundle of taku leaves. Earlier, jaapis were very important for ordinary Assamese, while decorative jaapis were worn by people of high station (royal & high class families). Decorative sorudaya jaapis are made with intricate designs out of cloth (primarily red, white, green, blue and black) that is integrated with the weaving of the jaapi. Typical pieces feature a red border. It has been in use since the days when the great Chinese traveler, Hiuen Tsang came to Assam. Visitors were welcomed with japi, decorated with colourful designs and motifs.The Photojournalist - 2015 EyeEm Awards Japi