The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: pounding leaves to make indigo dye for bark belts
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 22.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (143) 22/4/1937 Wakching
text: In front of the Angban two small boys pound indigo leaves (wu-niem) with wooden mallets and a flat stone. They are used for making a dye, with which the bark belts are painted. The belts are made of the bark of the tree be-ou, they are called shing-het (shing = waist). Bark belt = be-ou shing-het. Cane belt = wei-lep shing-het. The indigo leaves are not mixed with water, but pressed out after being properly pounded, the natural juice is used as dye.