6th Edition of North East India Fashion Week
Itanagar, November 18, 2023: The Koro Happa River Island in Jollang, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, is set to host the much-anticipated 6th edition of the North East India Fashion Week – The Artisans Movement, commencing on November 19.
The event, graced by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu as the chief guest and State Minister Techi Kaso as the chief patron, along with Tripura Minister Bikash Debbarma and other eminent personalities, will kick off with the traditional Lion Dance – Singhi Chham – performed by Dirang Dzong at 5 pm, followed by the opening of various exhibition stalls.
Yana Ngoba Chakpu, the Designer and CEO, has announced that this three-day fashion showcase will feature over 30 designers and artisans, highlighting their unique designs. Organized by One Arunachal, this NGO is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
The event’s first evening will showcase a diverse range of fashion and cultural performances. Starting with the Weaves of Galo tribe by Jiyi Ete, a Divyangjan weaver/designer from Darka Village, the evening will progress with a fashion sequence from Dimoria’s by Swabalambi. The audience will also be treated to Weaves of Zeme Naga by Ikelule Pame from Nagaland, followed by a dynamic dance performance by the Bamboo Jumping Party.
The program will continue with a series of presentations from various designers, including Chinglena Leima showcasing traditional Manipuri wear, Somari Chakma with Tripura weaves, and a live performance by folk musician Guru Rewben Mashangva. The evening will also feature traditional Sikkimese wear by Poonam Tamang, Apatani tribe weaves by Mudang Yakha, winter wear by Kibi Ete, and Monpa tribe weaves by Rinchin Droma.
The first night will conclude with a show by Anandita Karmakar and a live performance by Zoe Soans, known for her achievements in Indian Idol and Voice of Bangalore.
Yana Ngoba’s flagship event is more than a fashion show; it’s a movement dedicated to enhancing the lives of artisans and weavers in Northeast India. Over 30 designers and weavers will be part of this 3-day event, celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of the region.
Shri Joram Tat, Chairman of One Arunachal, emphasized the event’s significance, stating, “Through North East India Fashion Week- The Artisans Movement, we strive to identify artisan role models, boost self-esteem within the artisan community, advocate for their skills, and offer a platform to showcase their unique talents.”
He further added, “With the valuable support of our NGO, we are committed to training and promoting the weavers and designers from the region through ongoing skill development and capacity building. This endeavour aims to enhance employability, secure better livelihoods, dignify labour, and establish a brand presence with global market connections.”