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: materials and techniques in basketry
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York17:3
text: The raw materials for basket-making were bamboo and various kinds of cane, and the instruments employed were dao, knife, and, in fine basketry techniques, a spike of bone or metal. Twill and check patterns were the most frequent for mats and the more closely woven baskets, but the Konyaks were also expert in an open-lattice technique in which a hexagonal design was worked on the weft in three directions. If a basket was needed for immediate use, as, for instance, for the transport of a chicken, a Konyak was able to make a rough receptacle in a surprisingly short time.
text: There were no professional basket-makers among the Konyaks, but every man was able to produce the baskets and mats required by his own household. Whenever there was a lull in agricultural activities, one would find the men sitting on the verandas of bachelors' halls or dwelling houses engaged in making baskets.