Kauna grass is grown only in the wetlands of the Imphal valley in Manipur. Such grass and the typical weaving pattern of the Manipur give the bags a unique appearance. Such appearance is unlikely to have from the similar products of such kinds made from other regions. So this Kauna craftsmanship has a niche market and these bags have become urban exotic commodity.
Kauna is the local name for a reed or rush belonging to the family Cyperaceae. It has a cylindrical, soft and spongy stem which is woven into mats, square and rectangular cushions and mattresses by the women of the Meitei community of Manipur. The raw material for the craft is obtained by simple processing wherein the reed is cut near the base of the plant and dried in the sun. It is also smoked if it is to be preserved and stored for a longer time. The mats are woven by interlacing the stalks with jute threads using basic and simple tools.