Most are now woven on power looms but a few are still made on back-strap looms.A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles \u2013 The Puanchei\n\n\n\nThe Puanchei:\nThe Puan is the simple wrap-around skirt with a few colors and simple motifs. The Puanchei the the Puan worn by the bride at her wedding and remains one of her greatest treasures!\u00a0 It is worn only in celebrations and festivals. Each tribe historically had a unique motif / design that helped to identify the wearer\u2019s tribe.\nThe Senior Puan is worn by seniors and consists of a diamond motif.\u00a0A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles \u2013 The Puanchei \nThe Thangchhuah puan is a garment that men must earn the right to wear. Brave feats in hunting followed by a lavish ceremony confer the highest social status on the man and the Thangchhuah puan is a visual notification to the world of this social status.\nThe Tawlhloh Puan was historically worn by men who have earned merit during a war with other tribes. It is like a medal or badge of honor.\nOriginally each type of Puan was meant as a symbol of communicating either status or state \u2013 but today the traditional usage has been diluted and the different Puans may be worn simply for aesthetic reasons.\nA few from the WovenSouls.com collection\n\n\n\nThe numbers produced are small \u2013 since these traditional textiles are now worn only on special occasions.\nWith a little commercial boost, it may be possible to hold on to this beautiful weaving tradition.\nCLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE MIZO TEXTILES IN THE CONTEMPORARY TRADITIONAL TEXTILES GALLERY\njm\nApril 2014\nThe post A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles \u2013 The Puanchei appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.