Mamang Dai is the best known poet and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh, who has also been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri and the Sahitya Akademi award. Once a journalist and civil servant, she is now a member of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission based at Itanagar. She is the author of Hambreelmai's Loom.
Hambreelmai is the first weaver, happy at her loom. One day, Sheipung the porcupine sees her exquisite cloth and wants it… What happens next is the story of how the Mishmi people of Arunachal Pradesh learnt to weave.