Tetseo Sisters

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india
Kuku, Mercy, Azi, Lulu – folk singers from Kohima, Nagaland. Photographed at Hornbill Festival in December ’12. 

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india

“The white shawl on Azi & Lulu is Mhusu Khwu or young girl’s shawl. Mercy & Kuku are wearing Chipi Khwu – the chief of chiefs’ shawl or the shawl of merit.

The big necklace is called Tida(rich man’s necklace) – it’s passed from one generation to the other. Tida in Chokri means massive necklace. You get it from your mother when you hit puberty. Before that you only wear Tiza, a string of carnelians – common for both men and women.

The moment you are born your parents claim your soul by giving you Vokha – a necklace which is short in length, a choker of beads(worn as a head band).

The quills are made of porcupine spine.” Mercy’s words.

street style fashion week tetseo sisters

street style fashion week tetseo sisters

I first met and photographed the three sisters at the Péro stall at fashion week in Delhi more than a year ago. They also hosted me back in Kohima. I hung out with them almost every day. They knew all the thrift shops. We went cafe hopping & grocery shopping…

More stories later.

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kohima night market hornbill

Note: They are in Bombay and are making their debut at Folk NationsBlue Frog later today at 6pm. Listen to their stuff here. Come.

tetseo sisters street style nagaland india

tetseo sisters

Photos from Kisama, Nagaland. Pragati Maidan, Delhi. Local Grounds, Kohima. A room in Mokokchung. Night Market, Kohima.

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9 Responses to “Tetseo Sisters”

  1. aranya Says:

    Gorgeous girls!

  2. samm Says:

    Great photos, no doubts these guys wear best of fashion.

  3. Charlene Says:

    Such gorgeous girls and great style. Very different. Northeast India is fascinating. Waitin to see more photos.

  4. Swetha Says:

    The shawls are beautiful.. I’m not sure if the iconography on it means anything but if it does it’d be great of you explained that too. And heard their music too. Lovely voices and simple haunting music. Thank you for the vicarious experience.

  5. theunrealbride Says:

    Familiar name.

  6. Sugar Lane Says:

    I love these girls’ style!

  7. Lujeka Says:

    Absolute beauty… All sisters are beautiful in singing and wears perfectly which suits them

  8. Mercy Tetseo | Wear about Says:

    […] Tetseo. Has read Odd thomas about 7 times. 1/4th of the folk group Tetseo Sisters. 2nd runner up Miss Nagaland 1999. Lives in Kohima & […]

  9. Mercy Tetseo-wearabout.wordpress.com | CHOWAINAMEI Says:

    […] Tetseo. Has read Odd thomas about 7 times.  One of the Tetseo Sisters. 2nd runner up Miss Nagaland 1999. Has a degree in psychology. Lives in Kohima & […]

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