A Tapestry of Culture: An Angami Woman and Her Colorful Shawl from Khonoma Village

In the village of Khonoma in Nagaland, Northeast India, an Angami woman sits proudly with a colorful shawl draped around her shoulders. The shawl is intricately handwoven with traditional designs and patterns unique to the Khonoma tribe.

As she sits, the woman's hands may rest on her lap or her fingers may gently trace the patterns of the shawl, a testament to the skilled craftsmanship and artistry of the Khonoma weavers.

The shawl not only serves as a functional piece of clothing but also represents the cultural heritage and identity of the Khonoma tribe. The use of bold colors and traditional designs speak to the tribe's rich history and the importance of preserving their unique cultural traditions.

As the woman sits with her shawl, she may reflect on the teachings passed down from her ancestors, the importance of community and family, and the value of preserving their way of life.

Through the woman's presence and her vibrant shawl, the scene highlights the importance of cultural preservation and the celebration of traditional practices. It is a testament to the pride and spirit of the Khonoma tribe and their commitment to preserving their cultural heritage.

Khonoma Village is the first green village in Asia.


Leslie A Spurlock


Leslie Spurlock is a photojournalist, storm chaser, and creative portrait artist. She lived with the rebels in Haiti for 3 weeks when they ousted President Aristide, photographed Tropical Storm Jeanne that killed 3000 people in Haiti, covered many hurricanes and natural disasters, and 17 protests across the US during 2020. Her work has been published in many publications including Time, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, NY Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Miami Herald, Austin American Statesman, Daily Mail, ABC, CNN, and Yahoo.



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