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Puan Perfection Weaving is an integral part of Mizo culture and women are the sole weavers in Mizoram. Their craft shows them as being self reliant, sensitive and skilled. Puans are like lungis or sarongs and are usually about 45 inches to 48 inches in width and about 36 inches in length. They are traditionally worn by the women. They are worn during special occasions, marriages and festivities and as daily wear.
Puans are noted for their beautiful designs and intricate embroidery, which is invariably worked along with the weave. The Puanchei, the Puan worn by the bride at her wedding, remains one of her greatest treasures! It is worn only in celebrations and festivals. Each tribe historically had a unique motif / design that helped to identify the wearer’s tribe. The beautiful and intricate designs that Mizo women weave on their loin-looms are now being used in shawls and shoulder bags. There are 31 different types of Mizo puan.
Some of the common puan are:- Puanchei: It is by far the most colourful and is used by every Mizo lady. - Kawrchei: A distinctive blouse of the ladies. - Ngotekherh: This traditional puan is worn round the waist and originally it was worn by men. - Hmar am: Originally it was a small hand woven cloth of hand spun cotton and indigo dye.
Note: Puan is a traditional Mizo wrap-around which does not require additional stitching or tailoring. It is worn traditionally by draping the Puan from the waist to the ankle, and then making a tight fold around the waist.