lengti (Loincloth)

About this object

History of use

Worn by men as body garment. Hand woven by women on a loom. Textile colours are important to the weavers of Arunachal Pradesh; usually dark basic colours which adapt themselves to the surroundings and small design units are preferred. Weaving is associated with many taboos which vary from area to area.

Physical description

Long strip of woven, cream-coloured cotton with warp threads left loose at one end to form 57 cm. of tassel. Band of woven design at other end, in alternating bands of bright red, green, and pink forming diamond shapes with weft threads. Portion of design, roughly in centre, forms larger diamonds in black, green, bright red, orange and pink.