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Day of Nagaland: Red, blue and vibrant

Day 2 at the North East festival at Dilli Haat was all about Nagaland. Two designers, representing their culture and tradition through vibrant collections, aimed to display the unique styles of the North East by taking traditional fabric from the region and transforming them into couture. A perfect blend of fashion and tradition.

Atu Zamir, whose clothes were showcased on the ramp first, had put up a collection in red and blue, popular colours in Nagaland. The collection was a mix of contemporary cuts teamed with embroideries of bulls and arrows, unique to Naga tribes.

Dresses, skirts and cocktail wear were on ample display on the ramp as models sashayed down. The male models were all style, teaming trousers with waistcoats that had traditional Naga embroideries on them.

The second collection was by Haijele Rangma. It was based on the theme of mermaids. Gowns and skirts, long and flowing, in red, white and black wowed the audience. The three strong colours represent her tribe and are used in authentic Naga shawls. Rangma’s collection also displayed some traditional yet modern wear in feathers, white shells and beads to bring in a traditional touch to the accessories. The fabrics used were traditional Naga handlooms like silk and chiffon.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Rai Medhi, a known name in the North East fashion industry, said it is crucial to bring forth talent from the North East into the mainstream. He added that the eight-day festival is a way to bond with people from all over India and bring out a strong sense of brotherhood and friendship. ‘And while we are at it, showcase our culture in the best way possible,’ said Medhi.
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