In association with internationally acclaimed fashion designer Atsu Sekhose, the Nagaland Women development department showcased Naga textile art and design at a fashion show on the first day of Hornbill Festival, Saturday at Bamboo Hall, Kisama.
Held under the theme ‘Celebrating Naga textile art and design’, the show offered a glimpse of the department’s activities focusing on the achievements of women partnering with the department. The materials and textiles used for producing most of the garments have been developed and woven by Naga womenfolk at the department’s Textile Resource Centre, Meriema.
For the other garments, the department’s in-house designers developed indigenous Naga tribal themed prints and motifs which were then printed on various materials using digital printing technology and other conventional methods.
Presented under the brand name ‘Myki’, the garments bore a distinct Naga ethnicity, yet which was very modern and appealing.
The designs and garments produced by the team of in-house designers of the Textile Resource Centre included a collection of trendy and contemporary pants, tops and dresses for women and men’s collection of shirts, pants and topcoats. The collection relied on creative use of bright colors and smart clean silhouettes.
The Myki collection included a line of clothes in camel and beige tones using hand woven textiles of silks and cotton, accessorized with accessories and jewelleries, including footwear which have been manufactured by an uneducated, self-taught, single Naga mother.
Myki also showcased a collection of military inspired men’s wear with sharply cut tailored coats accessorized with Naga motif print scarf.
Atsu Sekhose’s collection under his eponymous label ‘Atsu’ continued to inspire, with his creative and refreshing use of textiles developed at the Textile Resource Centre. The collection for women featured chic pencil skirts, peplum top, shirts, jumpsuit and dresses, among others, bearing his trademark impeccable clean cuts and smooth lines.
His genius at using contrasting prints in cool, appealing colors translated into a collection of clothes that bore a truly global sensitivity, incorporating tribal and indigenous prints.
Apart from being recipient of Governor’s Award for Excellence in the field of Art (Fashion Designing), Atsu was also recently among 18 of the country’s strongest style-makers for Vogue India’s first ever Fashion Fund.
The chief guest on the occasion, Shyama Singh, wife of Governor of Nagaland released a coffee table book on Naga tribal apparels ‘Naga woven textiles–Womenwear’. Well known Naga models Esther Jamir, Ethiel Konyak, Ketholenuo Kense and Carol Humtsoe along with other upcoming models paraded the collections.
The trio, Vetsokholü, Apenla and Rongsenkala performed a rousing medley of love songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber that drew spontaneous applause from the audience, while Imliyanger Lemtur performed his own version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make you feel my love’.
Governor Nikhil Kumar who accompanied his wife Shyama Singh, Member of Parliament and poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, parliamentary secretary for women and child development Chotisuh Sazo, chief Secretary Lalthara and a host of dignitaries and invitees were present at the show.(DIPR)