Jhola or bag


Uniform at NID.
Their cloth bags aka “Jholas” are nice, they remind me of Palamau in Jharkhand where these are used by the local populace. Long before they became fashionable in the cities, they played an integral part across the rural hinterland. The long-lasting plastic and nylon ones were up-cycled from old sugar and cement sacks. In my childhood, when the only mode of long-distance travel available to us were trains, I would notice these with the rural folk often wondering what they held inside. Many of them travelled with just one of these; packing enough for their journey ahead. I guess these were affordable, easy to carry, fold, stuff or rest their weary heads on.

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