An eitght-year-old girl from Churachandpur district of Manipur has been making good use of the lockdown time by following her passion. While most of the children play games on smartphones or watching TVs while being made to stay home with schools and all other institutions closed during the COVID-19 time, the young girl spends her days weaving traditional scarves by using the traditional method of weaving.
A class-III student of LM Academy, Lingshiphai village, Ginhoihvung is the daughter of S Genmuanlal and Chingkhaniang of Mata village. During the lockdown, the young girl spent her time on an online course and got a certificate through the initiative of her father. The father is teacher at the private school where she studies.
The online course had to be stopped due to financial constraint as her father stopped getting regular salary since the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
However, drawn to weaving, which is mostly carried out by adult women among the tribal comunities in Northeast India, Ginhoihvung started helping her grandmother in preparing the yarn. Eventually, her grandmother became her inspiration to carry on the traditional weaving.
Gradually, Ginhoihvung learned the art of traditional weaving and has woven five scarves which took her several weeks to make. She presented them to her grandmother and other family ,members. Today, she has got orders to make more scarves.
When this Imphal Free Press correspondent interacted with the young girl, she said that she cannot figure out any particular hobby of hers as of now but said that she will keep on weaving till the school lockdown is over. She further said that she received orders from her ’ relatives who are presently living in different parts of India.
Ginhoihvung’s mother said that her eight-year-old daughter has also assembled traditional necklaces from beads.