The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: women's skirts, colour and length, Thenkoh villages
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York12:4
text: Similar variations were observable in women's fashions. The women and girls of Thenkoh villages wore narrow, oblong pieces of cloth wrapped round the waist, with one corner tucked in over the left hip. These skirts were about 10 inches wide and provided all the cover required by Konyak standards of decency; a woman would never take off her skirt in the presence of men, not even when bathing or fishing. Unmarried girls usually wore plain white or blue skirts, but married women preferred skirts with a pattern of narrow horizontal stripes in red and white.