North East Design Fest - a mega four day festival comprising of Fashion shows, Cultural program and Exhibitions of Handloom, Handicrafts, Jute, MSME sector of the North East Region kicked off in the Capital on Thursday.
The aim of the festival is to create an interaction of ideas, provide an international standard marketing forum and a unique platform to showcase NE India’s textiles and artisans and their handloom and handicrafts.
The opening day witnessed three fashion shows highlighting Handloom and Handicrafts Ensemble by designers Meghna Rai Medhi, Aji Semy Rengma and Mona Pali. The inaugural performance of the festival was a Sattriya dance performed by Sanjukta Barooah. Rock band group Featherhead performed at the event as well.
North East Region of the country with the eight beautiful, exotic and to an extent unexplored states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim has a strong history of its traditional textiles and handicrafts which forms an integral element of its socio-economic structure.
The festival will act as a curtain raiser to showcase the talents of artistes from that. People of the Capital will get an opportunity to interact with this wonderful talented young visionaries and this shall create a bridge of understanding and mutual growth of thought process. The North East Design Fest was inaugurated by Pranatee Phukan, Minister of Handloom and Textiles Government of Assam.
To create a fusion of pan-India and NER, designers Meghna Rai Medhi, Boney Darang, Charlee Lalthlenmawia, Monapali, Agnimitra, Gauranga were roped in to display their collections along with the NER designers. Bollywood stars Minisha Lamba, Sonal Chauhan walked the ramp for the event.
Vikram Rai Medhi, Event Director said, 'Eighty number of stalls being erected at Select Citywalk which will showcase and create a mini North East for cross section of the society of Delhi and this will create an element of positive awareness and curiosity of our region which will thereby also play a role in the development in the Tourism sector. We appeal to all culture loving people of Delhi and the media to wholeheartedly support this humble and sincere effort closer to the mainstream.'
The festival is presented by Ministry of Textiles with the support of Ministry of MSME, Ministry of Home Affairs - departments of Handloom and Textiles of government of Assam and the government of Arunachal Pradesh.