The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Journey to Nagaland', by Mildred Archer. An account of six months spent in the Naga Hills in 1947

caption: visit to Kotsenyu
caption: trip to Kohima
caption: dress
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Rengma
location: Kotsenyu
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: I noticed that the Rengma dress was also different from that of other tribes. Most of the men wear the usual apron but have white cloths with black stripes and touches of scarlet along the edges. Their heads are black, white, orange and scarlet. Most of the girls have their smooth hair parted in the middle and hanging loose, but the older women have a bun on the nape of the neck. They wear the same body-cloths as the men, but some have dark blue cloths sewn with cowries in lines and patterns. They wear the same orange beads and the black, white, orange and scarlet mingle brightly in the village.