HANDLOOM AND HANDICRAFTS
Handicraft comes natural to the Nagas and this is not
surprising, because they are the real and un-tarnishable children of the
soil. Using cane, bamboo etc. the master craftsmen can create anything
from a small paper knife to large and trendy pieces of furniture.
The Naga Heritage Complex is a permanent site built at Kisama, where the
annual Hornbill Festival is held in December. The Purpose of this
complex is to serve as a window to Nagaland (WTN), aiming to provide a
preview of the entire state on a single platform.
The WTN show cases the traditional houses or MORUNGS, representing the
16 recognized tribes of Nagaland. Each of these units display the unique
offerings of each tribe in terms of crafts, cuisine, cultural activities
etc. besides providing points of sale for the local products. An added
attraction is the flow garden for the display, sale and exhibition of
flowers and plants.
The WTN also house the World War II Museum.
The colours of the Naga People has been projected all over the world
through their handloom products. The red and black Naga shawls and
throw-overs have become familiar sight in many parts of the globe
because of the mastery and patience of the weavers and the marketing
efforts of the Govt. of Nagaland and the private entrepreneurs.
The traditional art handloom products also made space for the modern
21st century fashion apparels and the two are now complimenting each
other perfectly through the fusion of traditional and modern designs;
products created from this concept have caught the eye of the
international fashion world. A number of young designers have graduated
from the best fashion schools in India and the west and they hold
promises of carrying traditional Naga fashion across borders in a