The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: Angami women's dress; women's work
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The women's dress consists of a small blue or black petticoat, a strip of cloth about 2 feet in breadth, passing round the hips and overlapping about 6 inches. The next important article of clothing is a broadcloth, whose opposite corners are taken up and (52) knotted over the shoulders, covering the back and bosom ( as with the Khasia women), another large cloth being worn shawlwise. This latter is usually dispensed with or wrapped round the hips when at work. In cold weather an extra cloth is added, and in warm weather, when at work in the fields, they strip to the waist. All the weaving, a good deal of the work in the field, such as preparing the soil, &c., carrying wood, and pounding rice, is done by the women. In fact, women's rights are fully recognized, the men doing very little besides drinking and fighting.