Naga Shawl

Descriptive Line: Woolen shawl made by traditional weavers, Striped patterns on this panel are created with red and black dyed yarn in plain weave. The body is adorned with circular moons and two human figures, with their hands raised upwards with cowrie shells. These motifs symbolize heroic valour and high economic social status.

Material/Technique: Wool

Artist/Maker: H.P. Modi

Object Type: Textile

Date: 1876

Culture/Period: Early 20th Century

Place/Origin: Nagaland

Findspot: Mizoram

Collection of: Craft Gallery: INA Metro, New Delhi, India

Dimensions: 12x12x12

Acquisition Date: January 2, 2001

Acquisition Notes: Gift from Nagaland Museum

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The existence of Agate mines at Ratnapur and Rajpipla date back to A.D. 77. Cambay is best known for shaping agate stones and the method of processing agates used by the artisans here still surpasses that of their overseas competitors. The stones are broken into the required pieces, and these pieces are heated, chiseled, bleached, and surfaced. The finishing touch is given by polishing. The artisans craft jewellery like ear rings, nose rings, bangles, and necklaces, along with buttons, trays, ashtrays, and paperweights.

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