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Khadi Movement ends with splash of colours

From our correspondent
Itanagar, Nov 14: The third edition of the North East India Fashion Week – The Khadi Movement concluded at Nyokum Lapang here on Sunday with international designer Joseph Aloysius Montelibano from Philippines showcasing his collection along with 15 weavers and designers from the Northeast.
Weavers and designers from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram participated on third day of the event. The three-day fashion extravaganza was organised in association with the State Government and Arunachal Tourism. Fashion designer Yana Ngoba’s flagship event, NEIFW was conceptualized to inspire and encourage the region’s upcoming artisans and designers who work exclusively to promote North-eastern fabrics and culture.
“Today, handloom is the latest fashion, and wearing handloom is the most popular trend. There has never been dearth of handlooms in this region, and after years of weaving magic on their looms, the weavers and their artifacts are gradually becoming crucial elements in fashion,” Ngoba, the founder of Yana in Style, said.
“Through NEIFW, we aim to bring recognition to the ‘magicians’ behind the loom. We, along with our partner NGOs, aim to train and market the weavers and designers from the region and help them build their own brand through sustained skill development, capacity building, and cluster development,” she said.
 “I am very happy to be a part of the NEIFW as the designs and fabrics being displayed at the event were traditional… I learnt a lot by interacting with the local weavers and designers. I am happy that Yana has been able to provide these indigenous weavers and designers a platform to showcase their talent and tradition,” Montelibano, a designer said.
The weavers who presented their collections were Krishna Sonowal from Assam, Apatani weaver Hibu Ollo and Khampti weaver Nang Tripura Langkhun from Arunachal Pradesh, Lalsangzuala from Mizoram and Aao Weaver and Yatetla Pogen from Nagaland.
Yana believes that it is important to preserve the North East’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.