Nagaland will document traditional tribal dress, jewelery.

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Kohima: The Nagaland government has taken steps to document the traditional costumes, shapes, designs and jewelery of the tribes to prevent their misuse.

Officials said Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met on Monday with all the tribal Hohos, a top organization of various Naga tribes, to make the process a success.

Addressing the meeting, Rio said the traditional designs of Naga tribesmen are being misused and misused in clothing sold on fashion shows and e-commerce platforms of late, regardless of the people, Who attach great importance to these traditional symbols.
Rio said it is not that others should not use traditional Naga costumes nor should their communities and business people be barred from doing business in Naga traditional costumes, but they should be used appropriately.

He said it was important to take steps to ensure that cultural heritage was protected under legal provisions such as intellectual property rights and geographical indications.
“Only then can we begin to overcome the use of our traditional costumes, logos and jewelry.”

Rio hopes that all concerned will cooperate and contribute positively to this work, which will ultimately benefit all Nagas.
There are 16 tribes in Nagaland and their members make up more than 86% of the 2 million population of the state.

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