Meet a creative storyteller – Naga Jewellery
Nagaland is a lush, green state in the North-East of India. Hypnotically beautiful with blissful scenery and luscious green valleys, Nagaland’s beauty is as rich as a painter’s palette. Nagaland is also blessed with a rich tribal culture. 16 – 17 tribes occupy the state and each has its unique identity. The traditional attire of the tribals, especially their handmade, colourful ornaments find mention worldwide.
There is much more to the ornamental than just aesthetics. Depiction of age, social status, gender, social beliefs are common ideas behind these ornaments.
Men usually wear headgears, earrings, necklaces, armlet, kilts, belts, machetes case, shawls, spears and shields; while the women like to adorn themselves with headgears, earrings, necklaces, armlets, waistbands, iron walking sticks, wrap around skirts and beaded shawls.
The jewellery is made of cane, bamboo, colourful bird feathers, beads, metal, fabric, wood, goat hair, sea shells and a lot more. The Naga tribes are very creative and mix more than two elements to bring out beautiful pieces of ornaments.
The very essence of naga life is depicted in these ornaments. The jewellery tells stories of planet forces, flora and fauna, beauty and resources, gems, medicines, animals, folk tales, heritage and of course the most important – relationships.
The hornbill festival in Nagaland is a good time to see these beautiful pieces in full display. Experience Nagaland in its ornaments and you’ll know the place better.