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Culinary and Cultural Delights: Sirarakhong’s Tapestry of Chilli, Weaves, and Tranquility

January 28, 2024 | by Okcharphi A.C

Savoring Serenity in Sirarakhong

A Tranquil Gem in Ukhrul Sirarakhong, or Kampha, nestled west of Ukhrul in Manipur, is a haven of peace blending Tangkhul traditions with modernity. As a Christian-centric village, it harmoniously weaves faith and education into its cultural fabric.

Hathei Phanit Festival

Flavorful Celebrations The Hathei Phanit festival epitomizes Sirarakhong’s agricultural prowess, spotlighting the famed Sirarakhong chilli. Since 2009, this vibrant, organically grown delicacy has captivated locals and created a pleasant challenge: meeting the soaring demand.

Agricultural Riches

Home to the Tangkhul Naga tribe, Sirarakhong excels in agriculture, famed for its mass production of Hathei chilli. The Hathei Festival draws tourists, showcasing the village’s agricultural heritage. Amidst the chilli fields, the village weavers, using traditional Loin looms, craft exquisite Tangkhul wrap arounds, including the Kasathei Kashan, Jubilee Kashan, Khomsim Kashan, Changkhom Shawls, Haora Shawls, Seichang Wrap around and more.

With each family annually producing 100-300 kg of chilli, the organically grown delight earned the Geographical Indication Tag (GI) in 2021.

Weaving Traditions and Innovation

Beyond agriculture, Sirarakhong embraces weaving traditions using Loin looms. While Hathei remains a focus, the village’s weavers eagerly explore evolving technologies, reflecting adaptability and resilience.

Visit Sirarakhong: Tranquility and Tradition Unveiled

Sirarakhong beckons as a retreat rooted in tradition yet open to the future. Whether you’re a chilli enthusiast or seeking peace in Ukhrul’s heart, the Hathei Phanit festival, warm hospitality, and the allure of Tangkhul wrap arounds await. Plan your visit to relish Sirarakhong’s cultural tapestry.


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