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A man’s body cloth (Asukeda-pi)

Sema Hetoi village, Nagaland, N.E India

Worn by local chieftains and their families. Woven on a back-strap loom, by the women of the tribe for the men. The sombre background colour, highlights the contrast of the white shell applique. The circular shapes are thought to represent the moon, a propitious symbol for headhunting.

Material: Rayon, cotton, cowrie shells (with some conservation)

  • Size: 120×172 cm
  • Age: C.1950
  • Item No: 21A