Dimapur, February 10 (NE): Inspired by the tribes of Nagaland, Ritu Beri – a renowned designer, presented her collection “The Naga Narratives” at the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020 on February Seven at Faridabad, Haryana. Giving a contemporary style to the very famous shawls of Nagaland, Ms Beri represented Naturally North East by supporting the Initiative of TRIFED as she is the Chief Design Consultant for Tribes India, a Government of India undertaking. Ritu Beri is the honorary Advisor to this year’s Surajkund Mela and is also the Cultural and Tourism Ambassador of Uzbekistan in India.
The Naga weave with modern touch and various other products from North-East states was one of the highlights at the 34th edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela. Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh Saruta was the chief guest for the occasion – ‘Naturally Northeast: The Naga Narrative’
As per a national media report, it said that the fashion show of Ritu Beri’s designer outfits themed ‘Naturally Northeast: The Naga Narrative’ was organized in the packed amphitheatre. Visitors appreciated the glimpses of Nagaland and its vibrant tribal culture- A captivating, rhythmic, Naga dance that set the tone for the event. The Northeastern fashion statement did click with the crowd.
Besides the colours, patterns, and fabrics of Naga tribes, the show also displayed artistic power of the tribal mind. In another fashion show lined up for Sunday, Ritu came out with dresses inspired by the life and culture of Himachal Pradesh. Uzbekistan is partner country for Surajkund Mela, while Himachal Pradesh is the theme state. The International Fair is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. It was first hosted in the year 1987, and this year will mark the 34th year of the Surajkund Mela.
However, many netizens particularly from Nagaland felt bad that the young glamorous Nagas who are also modelling in different parts of India including the world has not found any space to walk the ramp along with others to represent their own culture. Therefore, it is realized that the fruit of hard work is not yet received, which ought to be given to North East India particularly Nagaland, some social media users comments. They lamented that it happened in the past, even in present day and fearing to be continued in future.