Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A special shawl of Konyak chief’s wife of Nagaland is ‘Exhibit of the Month’ at Veethi Sankul of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) in the city. Assistant Keeper of the museum Surya Kumar Pandey composed the exhibition, inaugurated by Assistant curator, IGRMS, Soma Kiro on Friday.
Pandey said that Konyak is one of the major tribes of Nagaland. This shawl has been collected from a Konyak village- Longwa, situated in the Mon district on the Indo-Myanmar international border.
The traditional village chief among the Konyak is known as Ang. The Angship is related to social, political, religious and traditional functions. The Ang solves all the problems of the village. Belonging to Ang's wife – Wangsha, this shawl conveys the meaning of aristocracy, prestige, dignity as also the authority of Ang's wife.
Majority of the tribes in North-East India can be identified by the designs and motifs on their costumes. But this shawl is very different from the common shawls used by the Konyak women as it belongs to Ang's wife. The highlight of the shawl is round-shaped brass plates.