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: women's dress
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: MutaniaSermamenBorduariaNamsangia
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The dress of the women consists principally of a very small petticoat 26 inches deep, ornamented with bells, beads, and shells; this only comes a little more than half-way round the body leaving the right thigh bare, - it is attached at the ends and middle to a string passing round the waist. Sometimes a small cloth is worn on the shoulders. Many strings of beads fall low over the breasts. Small fillets of coloured straw adorn their brows, and massive white metal rings are worn above the elbow. Their ear ornaments are small strings of beads passed though various holes.