Naga Shawls - the Colours of North-East

Nagaland Shawls (Naga Shawls) - are the most prominent items of Naga dressing. Every major tribe of Nagaland has its own unique shawl pattern that depicts its unparalled design and color.

The traditional occupation and art of Nagaland is weaving of clothes. The exquisite design and pattern of weaving is revealed through different shawls weaved by them. Every major tribe of Nagaland has its own unique shawl pattern that depicts its unparalled design and color. Each tribal shawl is different from the other. Besides, there are varieties and sub-varieties of shawls in every group.

The warrior shawl of Ao tribe is called the Tsungkotepsu. This shawl generally contains the figures of tiger, elephant, mithun, human head, cock, Dao and spear. Another warrior shawl is the Sangtam Rongsu, shawl of the Santam tribe. There is red & yellow colored shawl for Angamis which is called Lohe.

Some of the other Naga shawls are - Kaksi nei, Silang nei, Tobu nei, Yimchunger, Aneak & Mokhok khim etc.

(Photo by Ritika Mittal)