The ubiquitous Rira shawl was first designed in 1984 by Ms.Kewekoloü and Ms. Welhipeü, two indigenous women of the Chakhesang tribe from a remote Naga village in the mountains of Northeast India. It was designed to commemorate the valiant warriors who fought to protect their land and loved ones, and after winning first place in a competition in 1986 it was officially accepted as a traditional shawl for Chakhesang men.
Woven on backstrap looms, the design incorporates colours and motifs which hold deep symbolic meaning, and commemorates the history of the Chakhesang people. Each colour and motif in the Rira is significant. The central panel design represents ancient Naga weapons. The broad red bands on both sides represent the blood shed of forefathers. Black dashes on the red band represent the realization of Khezhanuo khruo, or tributes to the warriors. The large black bands separated by narrow red stripes represent the perpetual grappling with hardship. The white squares represent ancestral tools made of animal bone. The fine bright green line represents victory.
Extra warp technique
Discontinuous extra weft technique
Diagonal & horizontal weft twining
Button hole stitch
45in X 70in 114cm X 178cm
Dry clean or wash by hand in cold water, using ecological laundry products.
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