Found: Konyak Naga Raincoat

Found highlights places, people and objects of the Northeast that are unfamiliar, fresh and 'discovered' spontaneously. These are presented in their purest form, with minimal intervention by us.

The Konyak Naga rain shields woven by men from the Longwa village in Nagaland bordering Myanmar is an indigenous craft. Used traditionally as protection from the sun, rain and sometimes wild animals or insects while working in paddy fields, this beautiful raincoat is made from leaves of a wild palm tree locally known as Rok (fishtail palm) and held together by cane fibres along with a wild tree bark called Wah.

The palm leaves are soaked in a pond or still water for about two months after harvest to make it durable. The interiors are skilfully lined with cane weaves while the exterior is left as a string of thick tassels and sometimes decorated with beads.

Newly made Khashais are usually light green in colour and change hues to woody browns overtime. The rich brown of the tree bark comes from smoking, and adds a natural ombre to this special raincoat.

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Research courtesy: Heirloom Naga