has rich and colourful range of handlooms. However, of all these the 'Puan'
occupies a place of pride in a Mizo lady's wardrobe. A Mizo lady is
more fond of her "Puan" than
any of her other dresses as the Puan consists of a colorful and
breathtaking display of intricate designs.
'Puanchei', this is one of the most beautiful dresses worn by the Mizo
girls. This is worn on occasions such as weddings and festivals such
as 'Chapchar Kut' and 'Pawl Kut'.
In earlier times, these were all hand woven but nowadays these are
mostly machine made. They are made from cotton and the colors are made
by a thing called 'Ting'.Along with this, a blouse which is of the
same pattern is usually worn.
Ngotekherh is worn in all festivals such as 'Chapchar Kut', 'Mim Kut'
and 'Pawl Kut'. The colours used in this cloth are black and white.
These are also hand - woven and are made of cotton. The black portion
of the handloom is made from some kind of an artificial fur.
Puandum is one of the most important handlooms of the Mizos. These are
made from cotton and are handmade. This traditional hand-woven cloth
called 'Puandum' is also wrapped over the shoulders while performing 'Khuallam',
one of the famous traditional dances of the Mizos.
A Puandum consists of black, red, yellow and green stripes.
is an indispensable item which every girl has to take along with her
when she gets married. It is used to cover her husband's body when he
dies. This is an integral part of the Mizo marriage and failure to
bring the cloth entails punishment leading to a reduction in the bride
Hnika is also worn on the various festivals. It is one of the finest
handlooms of the Mizos. It is made from silk and cotton and were all
hand-woven in the olden days, but nowadays they are all machine-made.
It has its origin among the Pawi tribe.It is equivalent to the 'Puanchei'
cloth among the Pawi tribe. They wear it while performing the various
dances such as Cheraw and Sarlamkai during the 'Kut' festivals.Hmaram
is also known as 'Kawkpui zikzial' and are mostly worn by the children
and girls. They are worn on the occasions such as 'Chawn Day', 'Chhawnghnawh
Day' and 'Chapchar Kut'.
This is one of the first handlooms made by the Mizos. They are usually
made of cotton and they are hand-woven.
Kawrchei is worn on every 'kut' such as 'Chapchar Kut',
Kut' and 'Pawl Kut'.
It is one of the most beautiful blouses worn by the girls. Like other
clothes they are hand-woven and are made from cotton.
This are usually worn along with 'Puanchei' and while performing the
various dances of the Mizos
Taking home a water-proof Mizo hat (Khumbeu) made with bamboo and
leaves, as a souvenir of Mizoram, is a must.
You will find a good selection of traditional handloom shawls, bags
and bamboo handicrafts in Bara Bazar. If you are looking for a variety
and better quality crafts, the StateGovernment Emporium and Hnam
Chhantu are good places to start your shopping spree.
Some of the other markets you can explore are New Market, Ritz Market,
Bazar Bungkawn, Thakthing Bazar and Solomon's Cave in Aizawl. Shopping
centers at Lunglei, Saiha