GUwahati, April 21: After the grand success of “Celebrating Assam” in Bangkok on March 6, Northeast India Fashion & Design Council (FNDC) got an invitation from Assam Society, UAE to take part in their Rongali Bihu Celebration in Dubai on April at Hotel Metropolitan Palace, Deira.
A six designers team headed by Medha Saikia, Founding President of FNDC, Meghali Das, Secretary and owner of Fashion House Nimble Thimble and Mamu Das, Assistant Secretary of the Council went to
Dubai and presented a 6 sequences Fashion Show based on Ethnic Tribal theme of Northeast India.
Though there were no professiol models to showcase the creations of some of the best designers from the northeast region of India, yet, FNDC’s show in Dubai was a rousing success. We didn’t hire any professiol models and the organisers also wanted real people to walk the ramp. Almost all the people who participated in the show have day jobs and either one or two kids; one of them is even a flight attendant for a leading airlines and she landed in Dubai hours before the show was to begin.
So they didn’t get much time to rehearse yet everything fell into place when the show started. Though they are not professiols, they pulled it off quite magnificently.
The designers who showcased their creations were Payal Oshan Goswami (fusion round), Chinmoyee Pujari (mainstream round), Kul Kaushik (woven mystery round), Mehzabin Ershad (Mising fusion round), Arita Kashyap (Khasi and Mising round) and Kanka Konwar (ManipuriAssamese fusion round).
Mehzabin Ershad, a pioneer of Northeast Fashion Designers who started her fashion designing 17 years back and made lots of tiol and intertiol models including former Miss World Aisharyya Rai Bachchan wear her designs and display. In Dubai show she has showcased some Mising fusion designes based on the theme the organizers decided. The me of her label is Megh’s and this is her 2Iid overseas show with FNDC.
Payal Oshan Goswamy is the owner of city based Indo Fusion Studio Zaree and this is her 2nd overseas show with FNDC. Payal has created some fusion designs using ga handlooms, paat and muga from Assam.
Chinmoyee Pujari has her boutique Adrita in Jorhat and Guwahati and she showcased some Chador Mekhela made of en and bodo fabric.
“Ethnicity” is the brain creation of Kul Kaushik, a city based designer, who displayed some garments made of mainly en and sçme hand woven tribal ethnic fabrics. Aptly he kept the me of his sequence “Woven Mystery”.
Arita Kashyap is a Tezpur based fashion designer who displayed some Khashi tribal designs in Dubai and got appreciated for using red and black color to create her costumes. Doy is the me of her label.
Though Kanka Konwar, already a renowned me among fashion loving people here in Northeast India is based in Delhi, her boutique Silk Souk is in Guwahati. She has showcased a fusion round made of Manipuri and Axomiya Kecha Paat and could steal the heart of the audience present in the event.
More than 400 audience were present in the evening who enjoyed the Fashion Show along with the performance of famous singer Jitul Sonowal of Assam and the different programs where some of the Non Resident Assamese took active part in this Rongali Bihu Celebration in Dubai organized by Assam Society UAE.
In a joint statement Medha Saikia, Founding President of FNDC and Secretary Meghali Das expressed their satisfaction over the tremendous response they got from the Assamese Residents of Dubai who thronged the exhibition area to buy the Assam Silk Chador Mekhela and other dress materials.