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Rio for patenting of Naga handicrafts designs

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with cabinet colleagues MC Konyak and Dr. Shurhozelie at the cultural-cum-ethnic fashion show at IG Stadium, Friday. (R) Anghya of Konyak Longwa village, Alih. (NP)
Published on 20 Sep. 2008 1:06 AM IST
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Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday sought women’s help in patenting the unique weaving designs and handicrafts motifs of various Naga tribes and preserving their cuisines in the form of recipe books. Declaring open a cultural-cum-ethnic fashion show organised by Eastern Nagaland Women’s Organisation (ENWO) here at Indira Gandhi stadium, Rio asked the women’s groups to select various indigenous designs and motifs and refer them to the state government for patenting. “After selecting the designs through a consensus, the organisations could engage weaving societies for commercial production of various products with the selected designs,” he said. The Chief Minister felt the need to preserve styles in tribal handicrafts has risen in the wake of the threat from modern influences to their authenticity. “Although there has been much enthusiasm towards Naga ethnic foods by visitors in recent years, we did not have authentic recipes or names of particular dishes,” the CM said. He suggested women of each tribe should prepare recipe books to solve the problem and preserve the recipes for posterity. Highlighting the state government’s initiative towards women’s empowerment, Rio assured all assistance to women of the ‘underdeveloped’ eastern Nagaland. The Chief Minister also donated Rs 5 lakh to ENWO, formed in April this year by women of six Naga tribes from the four border districts of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng. CM reiterates peace call Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 19 (NPN): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Friday reiterated his appeal to all Naga to come together to bring about permanent peace in Naga society. Stating that Nagaland was a civilized Christian state with more than 70% literacy rate, the chief minister said infighting among Nagas was unbecoming of a civilized society. Rio who was the chief guest of the cultural-cum-ethnic fashion show organized by the Eastern Nagaland Women Organization also said Nagas need to respect each other’s freedom. He said Nagas had misunderstood the meaning of freedom and fought among themselves for too long. Anghya of Konyak Longwa village, Alih, who was the guest of honour in her address also dwelt on the Naga national movement and said “fighting is not a means but an end to our birthright endeavour.” The Anghya also spoke on the enormous responsibility of women and vital role they play in moulding the society. She urged all to speak the truth and give outmost respect to women. Earlier, the address was delivered by Asangla Cholong, president ENWO.

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