DIMAPUR, October 01, 2017: The Nagaland edition of the North East India Fashion Week – The Khadi Movement, building up for the premier fashion event’s 3rd edition in Itanagar from 10th to 12th November, was held on September 30, Saturday at IDIDL Don Bosco School, Riverbelt Colony in Dimapur.
The Nagaland edition of the event, christened ‘The Khadi Movement- Assam Edition’ on Saturday evening, was an insight to what’s in store for the guests at the three-day fashion extravaganza in Itanagar from 10th to 12th November.
The event, organized by Affluent Ray of Light (ARL), a non-profit organization, is conceptualized to inspire and encourage the upcoming handicraft artisans and designers of the region who are working exclusively towards the promotion of northeast fabrics and culture. The Assam edition witnessed the participation of over 50 designers and indigenous weavers.
Speaking on the occasion, chief executive officer of North East India Fashion Week – The Khadi Movement,Yana Ngoba said, “North East India Fashion Week is committed to support upcoming and established talented designers from the region. We at North East India Fashion Week, along with our partner NGOs, aim to help these weavers and designers from the region to create a niche for themselves. We are working in the field of training, marketing, skill development, capacity building, cluster development, and promotion of handicraft artisans of the region for the last 7 years. The North East India Fashion Week is a reflection of this journey.”
“People were very happy and appreciated 60 year old weaver Ratan Yak from Arunachal Pradesh who although being a heart patient was very excited to show her collection. Audience also appreciated the show by saying that they have never seen such sober fashion show before”, added Yana Ngoba.
Highlighting about the Assam edition of the fashion week, Gloria Ovung, chief operating officer for the Nagaland edition, said that the event is a prelude to the grand showcase that awaits fashion enthusiasts in Itanagar later this year. “The NEIFW is a movement to provide a congressional platform to tell the stories of nature and connect the world through tale-telling clothes and creations. Come and witness the nature’s stories through yarn and beads in Guwahati,” said Gloria Ovung.
Talking about the relationship of fashion with tourism, Yana Ngoba said, “We desire to make a unique and positive contribution through fashion design. Tourism has vast potentials in the north east India region and if fashion can be integrated with tourism the overall industry will see a lot of positive change. We at North East India Fashion Week – The Khadi Movement, are trying our best to promote fashion tourism or culture tourism and explore the possible role the fashion industry can play in North East tourism sector.” Yana added that North East India Fashion Week’s moto of promote and support the yarn makers, weavers, designers and craftsman will help the northeast culture tourism industry.
North East India Fashion Week – The Khadi Movement believes that it is very important to preserve the northeast region’s rich fabrics, traditional handlooms and handicrafts, and very few of the designers from the region are making an effort to do so. Their mission is to promote and preserve the vast variety of indigenous textiles and crafts that are slowly losing popularity amongst the younger generation, through fashion shows and help create business and branding opportunities for industries directly or indirectly engaged in retailing handloom, textile fashion and life.
20 weavers and designers from northeast region participated in the event
The weavers and designers who participated in the Nagaland edition are: Nagaland Weavers – 1. Zubeni Kikon 2. Thekrunei-I shuya 3. Yatetla pongen 4. Neikhoa konyak.
Nagaland Designers – 1. Gloria Ovung 2. Menty Jamir
Arunachal weavers – 1. Hibu Ollo 2. Seema Mena 3. Ratan Yak
Arunachal designer – 1. Milli Indira Dango 2. Arang Biri 3. Nabam Chunkap 4. Tasso Lily 5. Ratan Utte 6. Renu Tage Logum
Assam weavers – 1. Krishna sonowal 2. Roselyn Tokbipi
Assam designer – 1. Rohila Engtipi
Mizoram weavers – 1. David Zorinpuia 2. Lalsangzuala