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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:47 pm 

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Diccon and I travelled to Nagaland in December 2008 to co-incide with the 5 day Hornbill Festival. In August we visited Switzerland and both the Naga exhibitions. They proved to be a superb springboard for our forthcoming trip to the Naga hills.
Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival proved to be a real eye opener in the study of textiles and a look at the current identity of the present day Christian Naga. It was evident that of all the ancient traditions of the Naga's weaving textiles and the wearing of skirts for women and shawls for men was still very much in evident. All the weaving is done by women with commercial threads and synthetic dyes, if using a cotton mix, but most shawls are being woven with shop bought cotton yarn or 2 ply wool. This base material has changed the look of the textiles enormously, as the colours are brighter, bolder and the motifs much larger and the shawls larger and bulkier. The Naga are still enormously proud to wear their traditional textiles which gives them the identity of being, Ao, Konyak or Angami Naga for example.
I was able to see some old shawls of around 40-60years old, that were made of bast fibres and natural dyes with no motifs. These cloths of the past were deemed not desirable any more as they were dull and small in size so not nearly so nice to wear as the new pieces.

[for posts on current Naga exhibitions in Switzerland see ... php?t=1284 and ... php?t=1283 for recently published books/catalogues on the Naga - Admin]

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Lesley Pullen, London
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