Designers Ongtiong Kichu and Gloria Ovung showcased various tribe collections at the sequence for Naga Handloom in the Northeast India Fashion Week. Both the designers are from Nagaland. The second edition of the Northeast India Fashion Week was recently held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pardesh.
Opang Jamir: The Showstopper
The showstopper was none other than Naga supermodel Opang Jamir. He was also the official show-director and choreographer of the fashion week. He walked the ramp for designers Archana Kabra and Nana Gona.
Ongtiong Kichu’s passion for designing started at the tender age of fourteen. He has little formal training when it comes to designing. But his passion for creating intricate and sophisticated designs drives him to excel.
His designs focus on contemporary fusion with a touch of Northeastern tribal patterns and free flowing fabrics. ‘Fashion to me is a statement that personifies one’s identity rather than just dressing’.
Gloria Ovung started designing on her own at a very young age. She considers her creativity as an inborn gift from God. She started to take an interest in the craft after seeing her mom weaving and making clothes out of Naga fabrics.
As she grew up, her interest became a passion and her parents have been very supportive and encouraged her to pursue her passion as a profession.
She completed her designing course from Guwahati. She says ‘This is just the beginning, there is still a long way to go. I will continue chasing my dream. I will never stop designing’. I may not be among the top designers but I would like to be known as a creative designer someday by the blessing of God and my family’s support.’