Itanagar: The vibrant and culturally rich landscape of Arunachal Pradesh is set to host the sixth edition of the Northeast India Fashion Week – The Artisans Movement. Commencing on Sunday, the 19th of November, this three-day extravaganza promises a celebration of traditional crafts, weaving, and fashion at the picturesque Koro Happa River Island in Jollang.
The inaugural ceremony of this esteemed festival is expected to witness the presence of notable dignitaries, including Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Minister Techi Kaso, and Tripura Minister Bikash Debbarma. The festivities will kick off with a mesmerizing traditional Lion Dance – Singhi Chham – presented by the talented performers from Dirang Dzong at 5 PM. Following this, the inauguration of the exhibition stalls will mark the official commencement of the event.
Yana Ngoba Chakpu, a distinguished designer and CEO, expressed her excitement for the festival, stating that more than 30 designers and artisans will showcase their remarkable creations during the event. The festival, organized by One Arunachal, a dedicated NGO, aims to uphold and raise awareness about the traditional and cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
The inaugural evening promises a vibrant display of talent, beginning with the Weaves of Galo tribe by Divyangjan weaver/designer Jiyi Ete from Darka Village, Arunachal Pradesh. The sequence will continue with presentations by various talented individuals and groups, including Dimoria’s by Swabalambi, Weaves of Zeme Naga by Divyangjan weaver Ikelule Pame from Nagaland, and a captivating performance by the Bamboo Jumping Party, known for their spectacular dance routines.
The lineup for the evening also includes stunning presentations such as traditional wear of Manipur by Divyangjan Chinglena Leima, weaves of Tripura by Somari Chakma, and a live performance by the renowned folk musician Guru Rewben Mashangva, among others.
The closing show of the evening will feature the designs of Anandita Karmakar from Tripura, followed by a live performance by multi-talented actress, model, and singer Zoe Soans, known for her impressive journey on Indian Idol and Voice of Bangalore.
Yana Ngoba’s Northeast India Fashion Week – The Artisans Movement serves as a platform to uplift artisans and weavers from Northeast India, aiming to enhance their inclusion, empowerment, and overall quality of life. The event is poised to be a celebration of talent, tradition, and cultural heritage, showcasing the artistic finesse of the region’s artisans.
The festival, spanning three days, will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact, commemorating the rich cultural tapestry of Northeast India while shining a spotlight on the exceptional skills and creativity of the artisans.