Handlooms and handicrafts of Tripura reflect the inborn art of workmanship and uniqueness of the people. Tripura has a large population of tribals, thus has a tradition of different kinds of crafts. Handloom is the prime craft of Tripura. Intricately designed handlooms and silk, cane, and bamboo works are the main forms of art and craft industries.
Cane and Bamboo occupy a distinctive place in the life of Tripura. A wide variety of wonderful objects is made out of cane and bamboo. A variety of items are produced, including furniture, and table mats & other mat products, lampshades, etc. Bamboo screens made from split bamboo are also very popular.
A large number of structures using bamboo as a primary material are built in the plains of Tripura. These structures may be houses, granaries, shops, workspaces, or even large warehouses. They are of lightweight construction to withstand severe earthquakes. At the same time, they are also wind resistant.
The craft is spread all over the state with concentrations in the subdivisions of Kailashahar, Dharmanagar, Khowai, Sadar, Sooamura, and Belonia. At Agartala, a private registered society and several other units have taken up the production of popular handicraft items.
There are several tourist places of interest in and around Agartala.
The Ujjayanta Palace is a must-visit tourist destination in Agartala which was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya. The construction of the palace was completed by 1901 and today it is being used as the State Legislative Assembly.
Neermahal is a magnificent palace built by King Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya. Neermahal was used as the summer resort for the Maharaja and is located right in between the Rudrasagar Lake. The palace is renowned for its fusion architecture as it combines Islamic and Hindu traits in its design.
Rabindra Kanan is located beside the Raj Bhawan, Rabindra Kanan is an expansive spread of lush green gardens.