NAGALAND
A wide variety of figures are carved meticulously on wood. Commonly carved figures are human figure, mithun head, hornbill, elephant,leopard and tiger. The Konyak tribe is believed to be the most skilled wood carvers. Cane and bamboo are produced in abundance in the forests of Nagaland. The Nagas utilize them in the best possible manner to make amazing items such as baskets, hats, armlets, necklaces, mats, shields and other decorative items. Beautiful pots in various designs are made by the Nagas by the use of hands only. Blacksmithy is practised by most of the tribes, except for Lothas who consider this art inauspicious as they believe that a person involved in this trade does not live long. However, the Konyaks are the best blacksmiths.
CANE BASKETRY
Cane works of Nagaland form an important part of the handicrafts of the state. Cane is profusely used in Nagaland for making baskets and a number of items of utility. Tourists coming to Nagaland carry the cane works of Nagaland as souvenirs to their homeland. Nagas, the people of Nagaland, are known for their rich tradition of arts and crafts.
Nagas use their skills to create different items of utility, such as hats, rain coats, etc. Basketry is of the most important form of craft in Nagaland. The cane baskets of the Khonoma village are known for their intricate design and weaving. The cane basket in Nagaland are made in the Tuensang district by the Khiamngam weavers. The delicacy and finesse of the basket gives it the appearance of lace.
In recent times, one can also come across beautiful furniture made of cane in Nagaland. Nagas also make head bands, leg guards, bangles, neck bands, necklace, armlets, leggings, etc. are some of the most popular cane works at Nagaland. The Arts and Crafts of Nagaland are a hallmark of the consummate skill, expertise, talent and creativity of the tribal craftsmen.