The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: fibre cloth and antique daos
medium: diaries
person: ChingmakMills
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei
date: 20.11.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Chingmak presented Mills and myself each with a dao. Mine has that antiquated shape with a metal handle and was made in Wui the village of famous blacksmiths which is apparently immediately on the border to Burma. The goods reached the Chang via Noklak. (219) In Chingmak's house we also saw thread and cloth made from the fibre of a bush called Leikin by the Chang. According to Hutton the bush is an Urticacae of the type Debregeasia Velutina. The cloth is much coarser than the bark fibre of the Konyak.