The Boros of Tezpur

May 6, 2009
By Rang De Team

Legend has it that the original name of Tezpur was ‘Sonitpur’ but was changed to its current name after a gory battle in mythical times when there was so much bloodshed that the whole town was stained in red. (Teza meaning blood and Pura meaning city/town)

Tezpur today is a tourist’s delight. Scenic green valleys with snow covered peaks as backdrop, lavish tea gardens and outstanding archaeological ruins.

When Rang De had an opportunity to work with a potential partner that represents the homely, charming, openhearted Boro Tribes, how could we refuse!

The Boro tribe is the largest tribe in Assam and the entire north east India. They represent one of the largest ethnic and linguistic groups of the Brahmaputra valley. It is believed that Boros may have introduced rice cultivation, tea plantation, poultry farming, and silkworm rearing in the North East India very early on. Today, they are a culturally rich but an economically backward community. Educational and job opportunities remain the biggest problem for this tribe.

Boro women sell vegetables, make homemade wine and a select few are also involved in traditional weaving. Weaving is an integral part of Boro culture. Boro girls learn to weave from a young age. The Boros are also expert craftsmen in bamboo products. All the products are sold at weekly “haats”, a combination food and craft bazaar which are typically held every week, all over Assam. The women often have to travel miles together on foot to reach the weekly bazaars. That is the only way to make sure that their produce is sold to customers who aggregate in such bazaars in the absence of regular markets.

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