The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: clothing of girls and women, hair style, nakedness
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 19.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: Their girls hair is shaved in front and let grow only behind in a []. They go completely naked until they are ten or twelve but some wear a thin string around their hips. (32) Their necklaces and earrings are mostly a little richer than those of the boys.
text: The older girls and the married women have long hair which they hold together by a ribbon running over the head (coming up behind the ears). The hair falls over their back. The grown-up girls and women wear as their only dress a ribbon about five inches wide. It is fastened in front at the string worn around the hips, very low, so that it just covers the private parts. Behind it is allowed to slip down a little leaving uncovered the [] in such a way that the woman actually sits on this rudimentary kilt. (33) Sometimes the cloth, which is of exactly the same kind as those worn by the children, is wound around the hips, if a woman is not working she may draw it up so that it covers her breasts and take the longer end over the left shoulder.