Wangkhei Phee is a textile fabric made of white cotton. The fabric is transparent, has many designs on its body, and is popularly worn by women of Manipur for marriage ceremonies and other festive occasions. Originally, it was made using muslin for use by the Royal family of Manipur. The weavers were then stationed at the Wangkhei Colony, close to the palace but are now made at many places in Manipur.
The Wangkhei Phee is made with very fine white cotton yarn with a closely woven texture. The interlacing of cotton weft and warp is woven by women, in series and widely spaced from each other, which makes the fabric "fully transparent". Patches are incorporated by weaving with standard designs; the designs are called Kheiroithek, Thangjing Tangkai, KabokChaiba, and several others, and all have Moirang Phee designs on both of its longitudinal borders.
The weaving process involves two methods based on the use of shuttles: fly shuttle loom and throw shuttle loom. In the first type, it is made as a complete fabric in a single piece. In the second method, the fabric is made in two pieces and then joined by stitching to make it a full fabric.
The fiber used for making the yarn is derived from "Lashing" (Cotton ball) and "Kabrang" (Mulberry cocoon). It is also extracted from the bark of the tree species locally known as "Santhak". The local fiber is spun into threads and then dyed using the extracts of plants, bark, leaves, and flowers.
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