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Tsakü Khwü (forever young) | Naga Shawls

July 11, 2015

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“I am wearing a Tsakü Khwü(forever young) Shawl. It’s a unisex Chakhesang traditional shawl usually worn by young people.” – Kuvelu Tetseo from Tetseo Sisters.

Kohima, Nagaland. January 2015.

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Young Chakhesang Naga Girl

December 8, 2014

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Young Chakhesang Naga girl in traditional clothes.

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland. December 2014.

Chakhesang Naga | Naga Shawls

May 15, 2014

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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.

Chakhesang Naga Woman

March 8, 2014

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Mercy Tetseo. Chakhesang Naga. Likes Katie Melua and Sonnet 17 by Neruda.

“I’m wearing vintage floral print silk dress from my mom’s youth. She picked it up from a Burmese store in Dimapur in the late 70s. The necklace is a Khiamniungan tribe orange/rust beads usually worn by young women.”

Photographed at a wedding in Dimapur, Nagaland in January 2013.


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