Different types of clothes and garments are made by Mising tribe women in their handlooms with simple implements and equipment. The varieties are seen in colour combinations, designs, and motifs are woven artistically in the clothes displaying aesthetic beauty. Most of the dresses are of multicolour with massive designs except a few are of a single colour with simple or without design. Colour selection is a center of attraction of the Mising clothing. The Mising women develop their peculiar floral motifs from the natural surroundings. Main items of floral motifs are flower, tree, bird, mountains, creeper, and fish, etc. The motifs are generally designed in oval, diamond, and other geometrical shapes. Different apparels are used on different occasions in the socio-cultural life of the Mising society. Some clothes are used on certain occasions and seasons and some are used in day to day life. Some clothes are used by only one sex and some are used by both sexes.
Males of Mising tribal wear dhoti (ugon) as the lower garment, a sleeveless jacket (Mibu-Galuk) as the upper garment, a girdle (jinrek) at the waist over dhoti and jacket and a gamocha (dumer) tied as a turban on the head. On the other hand, females of Mising tribal community wear a mekhela (ege) as the lower garment from waist to ankle level, a chadar (gaseng) as the upper garment and another piece of cloth called "gero" is used to tie around the waist on top of ege.
Traditional Dress Worn by the Mising Male
Traditional Dress Worn by the Mising Female
Other Important Traditional Costumes
In any culture ornaments and jewellery play an important role which increases the beauty of the wearer. The Mising tribes women generally wear necklace, bangles, earrings etc. which are made of colourful beads, gold, silver, aluminum, coins and animal teeth.