Photographed in Laitumkhrah, Shillong in January 2014.
Kuvelu Tetseo in Chi pi Khwu – the chief of chiefs’ shawl or the shawl of merit.
“Traditionally, it’s only to be worn by someone who has done something extraordinary or honorable.
In the old days, only a married couple who held the feast of merit for the entire village could wear this shawl. The rows of patterns are added in batches after consecutive feasts, and the embroidery on each set of patterns is stitched within a day before the sunset.
We wear it during our performances when we are representing our state or tribe. It generates curiosity and works as a conversation starter.”
Inputs from Mercy Tetseo.
Photographed at the night market in Kohima in December 2012.
Angami Naga Man.
Photographed in December 2012 at the Hornbill Festival.
Nunui, 25. M. Phil. student and an equalist.
Likes sketching portraits, origami, taking a stroll, piercings, and dogs.
Favourite music: Joshua Radin and The Weepies.
Favourite book: The Mad Woman in the Attic
Photographed in Aizawl in February 2013