NORTH EAST INDIAN HANDICRAFTS

THE HANDICRAFTS TRADITION OF THE NAGA TRIBALS

The handicrafts from NE Hut are crafted by the Naga tribals residing in the states of Nagaland, Manipur and Assam in North Eastern India. The Naga people consist of a conglomeration of many tribes with unique dialects, dances, costumes, ornaments and handicrafts. Being expert craftsmen, they are exceptionally brilliant in woodcarving, weaving, basketry and bead-work. The people’s love for bright colors is evident from the beautiful and bright shawls, sarongs and other handicrafts that are used by both men and women.

THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE HANDICRAFTS

Men and women have distinct roles and responsibilities amongst the tribals. The womenfolk do the weaving and beading works while the basketry and woodcarving works are mostly done by the men folks. The colorful and beautiful shawls and sarongs are hand woven. The process of weaving a traditional sarong or shawl takes over a month by an expert in the art, depending on the size, length and the kind of intricate designs needed. The art of making handicrafts is losing its importance amongst the younger generation due to the strong westernized style of dressing among the young Nagas. However, NE Hut hopes to rekindle the importance of preserving the art by making this art a profitable venture to everybody concerned. The NE Hut Shoppe also showcases hand bags and sling bags which are also completely hand-woven.

The ornaments worn by the Naga people are varied in colors and designs depending on the tribe they represent. These necklaces and headgears are made with combination of beads, glass, ivory, metal etc. The tribal ornaments presented by NE Hut are all handmade ornaments with the aim of promoting the indigenous product and designs. Click here to order a catalog or get a quote.