Barpeta is Located about 90 kilometers (56 mi) northwest of Guwahati and is known as the “Land of the Satras”.
It was in Barpeta that the great Assamese reformer, Saint, Scholar and Cultural exponent Srimanta Sankardeva and his able disciple Shri Shri Madhabdeva, who arrived from Upper Assam back in the 16th century lay down a strong foundation of Assamese Culture in the region through his socio-religious Vaishnava-reform movement.
Bamboo Craft of Barpeta
Barpeta is also renowned for its bamboo crafts. Skilled crafts clusters dotted across the region are well known for transforming the fibrous bamboo into beautiful woven baskets, accessories, utility products as well as souvenirs. Products include fishing nets, baskets, sieves, large grain storing vessels are all made from bamboo.
With the support of the state, special efforts have been taken by the craftsmen to establish a market to sell bamboo products. It is also remarkable is see that the traditional market, which was always used by the local people to make items for an agricultural or domestic purpose has now modernised. Bamboo products are being moulded through technology intervention to make products that find buyers in both the national and international markets.