Naga Weaving

Made out of tender leaves of a wild palm, this weaving is indigenous to the Chakesang Nagas and woven in Losani Village by elderly women. When weaving the raincoat, the harvested leaves are dried over a period of two or three days. When it is cured, the leaves are soaked in water making them malleable to be twirled into long strands leaving part of the strand free. The palm thread strands are fixed onto a wooden frame leaving the untouched segment of the strand to fall on the frame's underside. Applying a macramé process and leaving the untouched portion free on the underside of the frame. When completed, the protective pal cloak is worn with the inner braided side while the outer side holding strips of free-flowing palm leaves protect the wearer from rain as the water runs off and the sun.