The members of the Tribes of Nagaland are excellent Craftsmen and Weavers. The Handicrafts and Handlooms of Nagaland are renowned across the World. Bamboo and Cane are grown abundantly across the State of Nagaland making these raw materials easily available for the craftsmen to utilize and weave out exquisite traditional Bamboo and Cane Handicrafts.
Bamboo and Cane are used to make exclusive Naga Handicrafts of the likes of Chairs, Storage Baskets, Sofas, Items of interior decor, etc. These raw materials are soft and easy to handle that allow the artisans to weave them into any desired form. The baskets and storage materials are made by weaving canes which looks very sophisticated and elegant.
Most of the Tribes of Nagaland living in the remote corners of the State still do not use modern clothing and wear clothes which are handspun. These Handlooms look very elegant and take a long time to weave. The most common form of the Naga Handlooms very much in demand across the World are the Naga shawls. Naga Shawls are weaved and it is a very important skill among all the Naga tribes of Nagaland. Apart from the shawls, they also weave to make handbags and jackets. For this purpose, the popular loin loom was used by the weavers, a technique in which the Naga tribes excel. As the time has passed, the fly shuttle loom however has become very popular among the weavers. The decorations or the patterns used for making the bags and the other things from one tribe to another; however each tribe draw cues from their own traditions.
At the Hornbill Festival, which marks a year to year get together for the Tribes of Nagaland, the exclusive handlooms worn by the Tribes of Nagaland are a feast to the eyes of the visitors. The vibrant colors of the handlooms and the elegance of the Handicrafts of the Tribes of Nagaland add to the glamour of the ‘Festival of Festivals ~ the Hornbill Festival’!