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Accessory making trg for mothers
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 8 Feb. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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Ever since its inception in the early 2000, Mother's Hope, a home for the homeless had now become a home for the 'hopeful' after its initiatives in tackling social issues in regard to 'unmarried mother' and imparting trainings to those 'unmarried mother' by way of giving them a ray of 'hope'. Talking to this reporter at the concluding day of three week long contemporary ethnic accessory making workshop held here at 7th Mile, Dimapur, NEZCC director, Hekali Zhimomi, impressed by the quality of works exhibited by 'socially challenged' entrepreneurs said women folk in Nagaland itself could make a difference and for which she encouraged participants to be dedicated in their works. She also said that centre was willing to extend financial support to those women entrepreneurs if they come out of four 'walls' and showcased their creativity not only during festive months but also at right and appropriate times. Hekali Zhimomi, lauded director of Mother's Hope Moamenla for the initiatives taken to uplift women. Also speaking to this reporter, Moamenla said objective of the training was to emphasize on 'finishing touches'; especially keeping in mind the unmarried young mothers for self income generating policy that was being initiated by the home. She also said participants were keenly watched on the performances during the training making them 're-do and undo' the work until perfection or near perfection could be achieved through only sheer determination. Experimental tribal accessories were available in the stall that was set up by participants keeping in mind the 'eye' for international market at the same time providing a platform to encourage and motivate them to enlarge their economic scope and also to expand their marketing avenues. Hoping that participants would take into consideration the tourism industries in the state seriously and effectively for rising demands for traditional artifacts and ethnic jewelry by both local and foreign customers, the training was mainly focused on the 'look' that was very innovative at the same time had the essence of 'Naga', giving a 'metro tribal' and 'world tribal' appearance. Resource person for the training was Susan Waten. Altogether, 15 participants were imparted training on contemporary ethnic accessory making.

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