Forensic Fashion
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>Costume Studies
>>1870 Konyak ang
Subjectang chief
Culture: Konyak / Eastern Naga
Setting: tribal warfare, Nagaland mid-late 19thc
Object: costume


* Untracht 1997 p57
"Cane belts of several strands, tightly pinching the waist, were worn by Konyak men.  Formerly they were worn without an apron so that the genitals were exposed, a custom still practiced in remote areas."


* Fürer-Haimendorf 1969 p12-13
"From December until March it can be very cold in the villages on the higher ridges, and at this time of the year men and women wrapped themselves in cotton or bark-fiber cloths.  Unlike most other Naga tribes, the Konyaks attached little significance to the patterns of various types of body cloths.  Apart from a richly embroidered cloth with red and white stripes, to which only men of the rank of head-taker were entitled, there was no cloth reserved for persons of specific social status.  Not even chiefs donned cloths of distinctive pattern.  The cloth most commonly worn in Thenkoh villages was a plain blue cloth of a type current also among Ao Nagas.  More expensive were cloths of red and white or red and blue stripes.  A cloth sometimes worn by men, but more popular among women, was white, decorated with a few narrow stripes of black and red embroidery."