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The Naga Shawl

Naga women are excellent weavers and this is reflected in the colourful chang woven by them. There are numerous traditions and beliefs associated with the weaving and wearing of this traditional dress. A chang cloth requires all the zigzag lines to fall uniformly, or else the young warrior wearing it may die a premature death. When a Konyak woman gets married she wears a shatni shawl which is preserved and used later only to wrap her dead body. Convention demands that a rongtu shawl be worn only if the mithun sacrifice has been carried out over three generations.

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