The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: red dye for dyeing thread, chewing pan
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 12.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Along the way Chinyang showed me a small tree from the root of which one gets red dye. The root is shaved and mixed with lime in water. The water then turns light red and the colour is used for dyeing thread. The root of a creeper is used to dye rattan bracelets etc. Pan leaves are only chewed by people who live in the villages near the plains. The people of the unadministered area do not know them at all and use the bark of a tree which they chew with lime and pounded tobacco. Only recently the villages closer by have started to sometimes trade pan leaves.