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Northeast Indian weavers hit the fashion runway

North East India Fashion Week

Itanagar,Aug 20 : Weavers taking a bow in front of the shutterbugs after showcasing their creations at a fashion gala is a rarity. But that’s what happened at the second edition of the North East India Fashion Week (NEIFW) here.

The three-day fashion week began on Friday at Arunachal Pradesh capital’s newly constructed multipurpose cultural centre  from August 19 to 21. The show has been scheduled to  bring together designers and weavers from northeast regions.  Chakpu Anam, a weaver from Arunachal Pradesh, opened the gala with her loin loom collection.

Even the showstopper – actor Adil Hussain, the brand ambassador of NEIFW, sported a black shirt and black pants with a black and white stole that covered his chest. The beaded long neck piece and a handloom belt made the “Life of Pi” and “English Vinglish” actor from Assam look every inch a chic man.The fashion week organisers have joined hands with animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to promote its campaign against the imprisonment of animals in zoos.

The show had  models, dressed in tiger-print outfits, being set free from cages by Adil. Weaver Dimbeswary from Assam also presented an equally eye-appealing Bodo traditional outfits on the stage. The clothes were mostly made of cotton and wool, the collection had dokhonas (the traditional dress of the Bodo women) in colours like orange, yellow and green. The floral embroidery on the outfits gave them a more feminine touch.

Chief guest Bamang Felix, a member of Legislative Assembly, praised the event’s host and designer Yana Ngoba Chakpu, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh. “It’s not a fashion week. It’s a weavers’ week. We recognise each other through the clothes we wear and so I salute the weavers who play a major role in giving us our identities,” he said.

Felix even announced to pay Rs 10 lakh for the event from the government of Arunachal Pradesh.There is more that the state government plans to do for the weavers.

“We have already deciced to make a policy. It will be based on employment generation and the market. It will be revealed in a couple of months. We will begin from Arunachal… If groups from other states are interested, we can join hands,” Felix told IANS.

On the remaining days of the fashion week, there will be more shows presented by weavers including those from Karbi Anglong, Ziro and Dirang Basti.(IANS)

Wefornews Bureau

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