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Department of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya -Khasi Festival, Shad Suk Mynsiem, Shad Nongkrem "Deep in the northeastern region of one of the wettest places on Earth, the Khasi tribe fashions 100 foot living bridges out of rubber fig roots. It takes more than a decade for one structure to be completed but, once finished the resulting crossing is both beautiful and functional."

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Known as the dhara or nara. The traditional dress of Khasi women in Shillong, situated in the North Eastern part of India. The dress is worn only during occasions or grand ceremonies like weddings. For daily use the Khasi women wear Jainsem.

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Khasi farmers with their traditional “Knup” (bamboo hat) planting paddy seedlings in monsoon rain at Shillong, capital of Meghalaya. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar.

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