Chakhesang Rira Wall Hanging/Throw by Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Gallery (INDIA)
The ubiquitous Rira shawl was first designed in 1984 by Ms.Kewekoloü and Ms. Welhipeü for a competition where it won first place. In 1986, it was officially accepted as a traditional shawl for Chakhesang men.
The Rira design incorporates colours and motifs which hold deep symbollic meaning, and commemorates the hsitory of the Chakhesang people. It is woven by indigenous women of the Chakhesang tribe in a remote Naga village in the mountains of Northeast India, on back strap looms.
The Rira is designed to commemorate the valiant warriors who fought to protect their land and loved ones.
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 seperated 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.
Maker: Kekuwe-ü Lomi
Size: 120 cm X 170 cm
Fabric: Cotton. Disclaimer: The body cloth in the image is woven in acrylic yarn, but Leshemi Origins will weave a Cotton wall hanging/throw specially for the Selvedge World Fair 2020. The prices indicated are for a cotton version of the Rira.
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