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Naga Shawls

Naga Shawls are the hand woven traditional black, red and white combination shawls used by the tribes of Nagaland. It symbolizes a specific tribe and the wearer’s status in the society. Each Naga tribe has its own signature shawl. These beautiful shawls are the sole product of the Naga women’s creativity and wisdom. The threads are taken from the barks of plants that come up during the monsoon season. It is pried apart and then dried, boiled with ash, stretched, dyed and rolled on spindles before the actual weaving.

Angami Tribe wears patterns of red and yellow (now being replaced by green) bands, on black cloth called Lohe. Shawls of the Lotha Tribe are another distinct. Ao Warrior Shawls, Yimchunger Shawls and shawls of Chang Tribes are the other significant Naga Shawls.

[Source all india (80) 17-Mar-05]

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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