Thangsuopuon: The Most Popular Traditional Shawl of the Hmar tribe
Thangsuopuon is the most popular Hmar traditional shawl. ‘Thangsuopuon’ comes from two words ‘thangsuo’ meaning ‘one who has accomplished a task’ and ‘Puon’ which means ‘shawl’. Thus, the shawl is meant for people who has achieved certain degree of success or achievement in life.
It is used by the tribe to honour the brave hunters and warriors in the early days. Today, it is also used to felicitate people who had achieved success in different fields like career, marriage, exams and so forth. However, in recent times, Thangsuopuon has become more or less synonymous with funeral service.
It is commonly used to cover the coffin to honour the dead before the final rites are performed. Photo: Hmarram.com