The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Nerhema
caption: weaving
medium: tours
location: Nerhema
date: 24.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: (36) In the village itself a great deal of weaving was in progress. The women sit at their doors with legs and thighs bared to the sun. A portable loom is set up and while one end is tied to a post, the other is attached to the waist. Most of the cloth was white with black and orange borders but one girl was weaving a scarf for the sakrengi festival. The scarf which is six inches wide contains a diamond shaped pattern in red and green and is worn by young men as part of their ceremonial dress. The pattern at first sight looks simply a piece of decorative geometry but I was told that in actual fact it is a representation of spears.