Pángpat (Wild Cotton) found in Hmar Hills
A freshly extracted ‘Pángpat’ from its cover is silky and soft – best for pillows. Until recently, it used to be the only material for making quilts and pillows by the Hmar community living in the Hmar Hills of North East India. However, the introduction of another cotton plant in the 70s and the rampant cutting down of such trees by villagers for various reasons have resulted in Pángpat becoming a rare commodity these days. One can still find a few wild cotton trees here and there in Hmar Hills, but few people care to harvest the cotton now.
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