Naga Shawls- Traditional Shawls of Naga Tribes of Nagaland


Nagaland is a small state under the Indian Union in the North Eastern part of India. Nagaland shares border with the state of Assam to the west, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam to the north, Burma to the east, and Manipur to the south.Nagaland is inhabited by 16 tribes — namely - Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Kachari, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Kuki, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchunger, and Zeme-Liangmai (Zeliang). Each tribe is unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and traditional attires. 

Traditional Shawls of 16 Naga Tribes of Nagaland

Each tribe has their own distinct traditional attire. And even within in a single tribe, there are traditional shawls of various kinds, and variations. In olden days, certain type of shawls are worn by people who have attained certain level of respect and honor in society. 

This is a collection of the common traditional shawls of the sixteen Naga tribes of Nagaland to help you identify the shawls of all the 16 tribes of Nagaland. Photos are from various sources and credits are mentioned at the end of the post.

Traditional Shawls of 16 Naga Tribes of Nagaland (In alphabetical order):

Angami Naga Tribe Shawls
Angami Naga Men Shawl
Angami Naga men traditional shawl

Angami Naga Women Shawl
Angami Naga Women also use the same shawl as above generally.

Ao Naga Tribe Shawls
Ao Naga Men Shawl
Ao Naga Men Shawl
"Tsungkotepsu" Shawl

Ao Naga Women Shawl
Ao Naga Women Ladies Shawls
pic: facebook

Chakhesang Naga Shawls
Chakhesang Naga Men Shawl

Chakhesang Naga Women Shawl

Chang Naga Tribe Shawls
Chang Naga Men Shawl

Chang Naga Women Shawl

Kachari Tribe Shawls
Kachari Men Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Kachari Women Shawl

Khiamniungan Naga Tribe Shawls
Khiamniungan Naga Men Shawl

Khiamniungan Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Konyak Naga Tribe Shawls
Konyak Naga Men Shawl

Konyak Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Kuki Naga Tribe Shawls
Kuki Naga Men Shawl

Kuki Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Lotha Naga Tribe Shawls
Lotha Naga Men Shawl

Lotha Naga Women Shawl

Phom Naga Tribe Shawls
Phom Naga Men Shawl

Phom Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Pochury Naga Tribe Shawls
Pochury Naga Men Shawl

Pochury Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Rengma Naga Tribe Shawls
Rengma Naga Men Shawl
pic: pinterest

Rengma Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Sangtam Naga Tribe Shawls
Sangtam Naga Men Shawl

Sangtam Naga Women Shawl

Sumi Naga Tribe Shawls
Sumi Naga Men Shawl
Sumi naga men shawl traditional

Sumi Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Yimchunger Naga Tribe Shawls
Yimchunger Naga Men Shawl

Yimchunger Naga Women Shawl
[Yet to be added]

Zeliang (Zeme-Liangmai) Naga Tribe Shawls
Zeliang  Naga Men Shawl


Zeliang  Naga Women Shawl
If there is an error in any of the above representation, kindly do comment corrections in comments. 

Photo Credits: For those not specifically mentioned, credits of images are from,, from where you can also buy traditional Naga shawls if you are interested. Visit their websites and explore.

PS: For some of the tribes, there was difficulty in finding relevant images. If you would like to contribute, you can email pictures of Naga shawl missing above to I'd appreciate it and due credits and link backs would be given.

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