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"I am anxious that they should advance ,but I have been moreanxious that theyb should not lose their artistry and joy in life and the culture that distinguish them in many ways"-Elwin

British administration and contemporary anthropologist also made profuse reference about rich artistic accomplishment of the people of Nagaland.

Even to a layman artistic designs of the colorful dresses, the accomplished wood curving the varied types of materials made of the canes and the bamboos the unique cane bridges on the turbulent rivers the handmade painted potteries their wooden and bamboo made homesteads as well as the varied types of agricultural implements used particularly for shifting cultivation all create an impressible impression about the artistic people of North East.

 Spinning, Weaving and textile:

The Naga clothes which are so varied and rich in design not only serve the bare necessities of life but also reflect the socio political status and ritual significance from very design of the bearers. The textile weaving varies from tribes to tribes. Cotton is grown in plenty in Nagaland and Naga clothes are made of local materials.

The motifs, designs, and pattern however are quite complex and their symbolic meanings and usages are rather significant. They use natural dye made of tree roots and leaves for colouring threads.

The Nagas are famous for their shawls. Different tribes of Nagas have different types of shawls off their own designs and within the same tribe everybody is not allowed to wear any type of shawls by their choice as they signifies the social standing own by the person.

Naga shawls are not mere wrap against cold they are highly symbolic. Each tribe has its own special patterns and motifs and even certain ceremonies are indicated in the weaving of these beautiful wraps. The traditional Nagas haveinnumerable varities of shawls skirts and other clothes with varied lengths and breadth, the designs and colors and their combination.

Among Angami tribals, the most common pattern in these social shawls is Lohe, red and yellow bands on black cloth. The lotha tribal shawls are woven into graded pattern- a series of shawls indicating the gennas he has performed. A naga who has performed the stone dragging ceremony wears the Lungpensu - five stripes of light blue on dark blue cloth. The Ao warrior shawl is embellished with the deeply symbolic Mithun tiger or elephant motif.

Weaving is one of the most colorfull and dynamic traditions of the Nagas.

 Wood carving :

A great deal of wood carving of Nagas is associated with religious
beliefs and practices.Some of the excellent wood carving in the territory is to be found among the Wanchoo, Konyok and Phom tribes living close to the Burma border. These wood carving finds expression mainly under three categories.
with head hunting.
with decorating the morungs
the funerary images erected for warriors or other important persons.
the carvings are mainly of Mithun heads, carved tigers and elephants, warriors with guns,monkey, dogs and dancing couples etc.
 Cane and Bamboo :

Basketry among the Nagas are highly developed. The Angamis are expert in producing several verities of bamboo and cane works. There are no professional basket makers. Every man produces basket for their own domestic use. Among the nagas the bamboo and cane work have given way to the preparation of furniture.

They now prepare different kind of armchairs, sophas, tables and jhulas for babies.In general it has been rightly said that Naga and most of the other important tribes of North East India "Start life in a cradle of bamboo and ends in a coffin of bamboo".

 Pottery :

The Nagas continue to practice to make earthen pots by hands alone without wheel. Unlike the bamboo works pots are produce by only few persons in few villages. Pottery among the Nagas is exclusively the art of woman. The woman makes different types of functional pots with patience with locally available sticky plastic light brown clay.
 
 
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