Chamba Rumal: A Glance through the Folkloristic Lens

Smriti Dutt ()

Chamba, the scenic hill town of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has preserved and kept alive its several folkloric traditions. This paper attempts to investigate such traditions revolving around an age-old folk embroidery tradition from the region, known as Chamba Rumal and investigate the rich yet unsung myths and legends that enwreathe this notable narrative art form. Furthermore, the paper will focus on the historical background, the technique and the process as well as the transformative journey that this folk tradition has undergone. Through this study, I intend to present the forgotten and obscure lores surrounding this narrative folk tradition, presently grappling with the fear of extinction.

Part of 22-02 Home, Environment, and Material Culture, Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm