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Umden Traveller’s Nest
Umden Traveller’s Nest of Ri-bhoi District, Nongpoh, under the Diwon Handloom Cotton and Khadi Village Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd., Umden is nestled in a serene and beautiful valley, and located just about 75 kms from Shillong City, this small hamlet is an ideal getaway. The quaint little village of Umden is famous for Eri Silk production and weaving of traditional handlooms like ryndia, stoles in exquisite patterns etc. The village takes pride in continuing the age old tradition of producing silk following the unique method of not killing the silk worm during the process of extracting silk from the cocoons. We call this the ‘ahimsa’ tradition of sericulture.
Here one can witness all the steps in the sericulture value chain- starting from rearing of silk worms to spinning and reeling of silk to yarn production and dying and finally to weaving. You can even try your hand at weaving with a one-day course on weaving being offered for the tourist.
The Umden Traveller’s Nest comprises of two cottages and some common areas built amid a lush green space a kilometer away from the village. The women of the Society have been in the silk production and weaving business for many years and now decided to venture into Village Tourism as an additional livelihood activity to increase incomes and provide employment to the youth of the village.
Umden is not just a destination; it is a journey in itself, a story waiting to be woven, a story waiting to happen to you.
Activities/Attractions for Guest:
Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Heritage walk, Silk Tour, etc.
Local Contact Person: Smt. Thran Timung, Secretary
Contact Number +91-9862630041
Address: Umden Traveller’s Nest, Umiaphati, Umden Village, Ri Bhoi District.
Distance: 75 kms