Angami Naga man's kilt, keshünye, of plain black homespun cotton with 4 horizontal bands of single rows of cowrie shells and one vertical band of a single row of cowrie shells to one side.

A warrior who has taken an enemy’s head can normally only wear four lines of cowries. But this definition varies from tribe to tribe among the Nagas. However, among Angamis, only warriors or a person of very high status can wear this type of cloth. According to some, the number of cowrie rows signifies the number of lovers the wearer has.

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