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Achunbo Zeliang from Nagaland | 22-year-old Fashion Designer shares his Dream of Becoming a Global Success.

The more talents we continue to feature, the more we are convinced that Indian fashion talent space is vibrant, and yet very understated. Interestingly, most formidable talents in the industry start out young and aren’t afraid of reaching for the sky. Just like 22-year-old Achunbo Zeliang who started out as an independent fashion designer right after design school ; he has already hosted more than 15 fashion shows since then – in India, and abroad. Currently he is based out of New Delhi.   What has inspired you to become a fashion designer? I had always been very keen on fashion since my childhood days. Despite all that, I never thought I would become a fashion designer for real. But the idea came to me when I began sketching pieces for my family. That’s when I knew what I was meant to do. Being the first and only fashion designer from my community (Zeliang), I constantly try to stay be better than yesterday. Same time, I also try to encourage more and more people to join …

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Lady Behind ChanChalee’s Embroidered Crafts | Natchalee Kongcharoen from Thailand

Our foray into discovering Thai entrepreneurs never ceases to amaze us. From innovative cafe owners to passionate bakers, and even baristas making a big difference in their local communities, we have just scratched the surface. Every new story tells us something more about the Thai brand of resilience and patience. Today, we bring a new face into the mix. Meet designer Natchalee Kongcharoen, who is the founder and designer of ChanChalee. What is ChanChalee all about? ChanChalee was founded in 2016 as a clothing store.  At present, I am a graphic designer by profession. My work on ChanChalee works as a secondary source of income. But it’s my primary source of inspiration in life. I am also inspired by natural fiber fabrics. Most of my design ideas come from just touching the natural fabric and thinking about the kind of embroidery that will look the prettiest on it. It also feels good to adopt a clothing material that has been manufactured in an environmentally conscious way. “I am also inspired by natural fiber fabrics. Most …

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This 20 Year Old Fashion Designer from Nagaland Shares His Dream | Khrielasier Liezietsu

  20 year old fashion student and budding designer, Khrielasier Liezietsu comes from a breed of designers that are not made in design institutes or fashion houses. They are born with the fire.  Although he has just joined NIFT Delhi to pursue his passion, Khrielasier, at a very young age has already produced eight collections and participated in more than 30 fashion shows.We spoke with Liezietsu to find out more about his humble beginnings and sky high ambitions. Born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland,  Khrielasier Liezietsu is currently pursuing a degree in Fashion Design from NIFT, Delhi. When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?  I grew up very close to my mother and was constantly in her company. I used to watch her sew clothes for hours together. Slowly, my natural instincts told me to try my hands at the sewing machine. My mom was quick to notice my keen interest and encouraged me to start sewing clothes. I started sewing at the tender age of six and I never stopped loving it. Khrielashier’s mom has …

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How To Look Fashionable While Attending a Wedding in Nagaland.

Wondering what to wear to your Naga friend’s wedding? Fret not, because we got you covered! For starters, the dress code in a Naga wedding is usually western formals, with a high dose of fashion. Join us as we give you a sense of the stylish, yet understated fashion with photos from actual Naga weddings. [Also, most weddings in Nagaland happen during winter, so you might want to take notes on how to look fab in a dress while keeping yourself warm.] Ashom Wangnao (left) wears a black fitted dress with a gray fur coat, and Tinali Sumi (right) pairs her gorgeous green dress with a long gray coat. Going by their pink lips, it looks like the experts recommend a bright pink lipstick to brighten up your ‘dressy-yet warm’ look. Also, golden and black stilettos will never disappoint.  Need to pick up a bridesmaid’s attire for your best friend’s wedding? Lusano (2nd from left) dressed her petite frame in a long fitted gown in pale brown color, with golden details. She finishes her look with dark berry lips and …

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Sustainable Fashion is the New Cool | Meet the Indo-French Duo Behind ‘Indigenous Industries’

Fast fashion fatigue is the new buzzword; and so is global warming as the apparel industry has an alarmingly high carbon footprint. And that’s why, more people are getting into responsible and sustainable practices of manufacturing textiles. Today we have one such company called ‘Indigenous Industries’, co-founded by an Indo-French duo. Here is an excerpt from a brief chat with co-founder Vincent Decléty. Vincent Decléty, a French expat joined hands with Aadil Ansari from Ahmedabad to start ‘Indigenous Industries’ with the aim to promote natural dyers and textile craftsmen – and in the process make sustainable garment manufacturing a reality. Vincent inspecting the freshly dyed Khadi fabrics | Indigenous Industries Vincent, tell us what Indigenous Industries is all about? My business partner Aadil, from Ahmedabad and I (from France) have been designing textile, manufacturing it, dyeing it, and either selling the end fabrics, or manufacturing garments for other brands or our own Indigenous Industries. We pride ourselves on the quality of our dyes and the originality of our fabrics. Today, we manufacture for brands from India as well as from …

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Traditional Naga Accessories Making a Fashionable Comeback

Mixing the old with the new is always refreshing ; today a lot of people are creating some pretty unique and stylish looks by accessorizing their outfits with traditional handmade jewelry. They look pretty spot on, as though they were meant to be all along. Here’s a curated list of how these fashionable folks are taking mix-and-match to a whole new level – by adorning modern ensembles with ethnic jewelry.  <We have some pretty cool chokers up on the R&L Shop – link below> Awomi from Sumi Naga tribe, dressed her black turtleneck top with traditional Naga earrings and a necklace in fiery red (Red is a dominant color in most Naga ensembles, accessories & gears.) Members of the ‘Tetso Sisters’ (talented musicians from Nagaland), are seen playing up their looks with tasseled earrings in green and white. Traditional earrings are generally crafted in red color, so these new colors add a twist to the original jewelry form itself. Jorlim playing match-up by blending her lavender colored earrings with her pale blue dress, and a pink lacy stole. The little girl is looking equally …

Preciousmelove | Shipping Out Unique Fashion Items Made in Nagaland

Preciousmelove is an all girls team from Nagaland running a clothing and accessories business including dolls and vintage clothes. The team is led by Zuboni Humtsoe, a young dynamic entrepreneur and is supported by Humtsoe’s elder sister, Lozano Humtsoe. Zuboni is also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016’ owing to the success of PML and its role in empowering women involved with the project. The team at R&L sat down to interview the talented sister duo to know more about Preciousmelove’s work. About the founders: Zuboni, a political science graduate from Kalindi College, DU, is the proprietor of Preciousmelove, with a brief work experience at Convergys India which helped her understand the nuances of customer service. A dreamer like no other, she hustles and handles various facets of business from marketing, management, creative direction, content writing, designing, photography to public relations. Zuboni says she has taken inspiration from entrepreneurs like Walt Disney, Mark Zuckerberg and Ratan Tata. On the other hand, Lozano worked as part of the cabin crew in Kingfisher Airlines for …

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This is How Fashionable Women from Northeast India Wear their Mekhelas

  We’ve grown up watching the women in our lives wearing the mekhela so effortlessly, either in the traditional form or with an uconventional twist. Usually seen as a traditional attire, mekhela has stood the test of time and is still an essential part of our lives today. Thanks to the young women from Northeast India, always looking for innovative ways to ramp up their wardrobe – and most likely, with borrowed inspiration from their mothers. Let’s take a look at how different women style their mekhelas. Mizo ladies in their traditional mekhelas ‘Puan’ paired with trendy tops and accessories. Yakching looking lovely in her Naga silk mekhela paired with a white bell-sleeve top, perfect for a day-out. Valentina in all her elegance, in a pastel toned Naga mekhela, and matching shawl. Her take on mekhelas : “Although elegant to look at, it requires a skill to be in it all day. It always needs readjusting (especially if it’s made of silk) and one cannot do that openly in public. This is why my mom sews an extra piece of …

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Eight Women in Fashion from NorthEast India and What Sets Them Apart

The team at Roots and Leisure brings together eight fashionable achievers – one each from every state [8 sister states] of Northeastern India to dissect their ‘Fashion & Achievement Quotient’ This was an especially fun set of interviews because it gave us a glimpse of the breadth of fashion personalities that North East India has been contributing to the country and to the world! Even with all that innate coolness and genetically-passed-down poise (aka North East Swag!), these women still manage to bring their own brand of beautiful to their style. Read on to find out what fashion means to them and their secret style weapons.  NAGALAND Maken Imcha Payne, Executive Director of International Recruitment and Relations, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) How has fashion empowered you as a woman? Fashion has always been my confidante, allowing me to become who I am and sometimes who I want to be, with no strings attached. It empowers me to be the protagonist of my own stories. To me, it’s never been about playing by …

Being a Runway Success with Model Ketholeno Kense

Ketholeno Kense needs no introduction really. A year after she won the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt in 2014, she found herself modelling for big names like Atsu Sekhose, Tarun Tahiliani among others. Kense is living proof that Indian runway fashion is sitting up to notice fresh and unique personalities. She has now been featured in magazines of international acclaim like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and even Vogue!   With the essentials at hand and a unique romance with the industry, today Ketholeno is more inspired than ever to delve deeper into the craft of modelling. Roots & Leisure spoke with the ravishing Naga beauty on her creative journey and future aspirations. We would love to know how you became who you are today. How was it for you when you first started? I started modelling in college because my height presented me with a lot of opportunities. But back then, I didn’t have a serious plan to follow it through as I just did it to earn some pocket money. Also, the work seemed fun and interesting. Only …