5 amazing facts about Manipur

Manipur, which literally means ‘jewelled land’, is a lush green state, located in Northeast India, which attracts many tourists from around the world. If you are a nature lover seeking for breathtaking beauties, or you just want to soak in unique culture and traditions, the hilly Indian state has much to offer you.

1. Ima Keithel Women’s Market – ‘The mothers’ market’

This is a historical landmark of the Manipuri capital, Imphal. Hundreds of stalls run entirely by women where you can buy fashionable clothing, colorful fabrics, handmade jewellery, fruits, vegetables, spices, and plenty more. In Manipuri, the word ima means “mother” and keithelmeans “market”.

2. Manipuri Fashion

There are several traditional dresses that Manipuris can boast of. Traditional clothing for women includes Innaphi, Phanek, and Mayek Naibi. Innaphi is a shawl to wrap around your upper body. Phanek is a hand woven skirt, similar to the famoussarong. Mayek Naibi is a special kind of phanek, which comes in bright colors and has horizontal stripes.

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