Bamboo Work (Basketry)
The forests in Nagaland are rich in Bamboo and cane. Naturally therefore,
Nagas are expert basket makers. The craft is restricted to men. Baskets are usually of two kinds, one to be kept in the house for storage purposes and the other to be carried on the back for day-to day use.
The Ao (tribe's) basket is conical in shape, while the Angami basket is cylindrical with the mouth slightly wider than the base. Generally all
Nagas make their own baskets and there are no professionals.
Apart from the baskets, the Nagas also make mats and shields with bamboo. The
Changs make attractive chungas or drinking cups. Necklaces,
armlets and leggings are made of cane.
Over the years, when the popularity and the demand of the weaves grew, the entrepreneurs have started to utilize the skills and sell it in the local as well as the outside market.