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The Inspiring Journey of Mixpick Enterprise With Rongsenmongla Jamir From Nagaland

“Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human and accessories are an easy way to do it” ~ Marc Jacobs We belong to a generation where technology, like most people say, has exploited the lot of us. In some way, technology and modernization is a bad influence (as the old proverb goes ‘excess of anything is harmful) and yet here we are today proving that statement wrong! Meet Rongsenmongla Jamir, founder of Mixpick Enterprise, an online store selling accessories and crafts. The young girls balance the trends and the traditions in creating their pieces. Read on to know more about them and their venture.  Mixpick Enterprise is an online store started up on: May 2018 Founder – Rongsenmongla Jamir (24) Co-founder – Limakum Jamir (21) We had a chat with Rongsenmongla Jamir, founder of Mixpick Enterprise about the venture and more Hello there, to start things off it would be great if you take us back to how it all started! The groundwork for our venture was laid in 2016, when young talents were given an opportunity …

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A Chat With Shirali — A Miniaturist From Ahmedabad

They say, the road to finding your passion is long but rewarding. Such is the story of Shirali, who stumbled upon an art form while she was pursuing fashion, which  we became her calling! A bio-chemist-turned-fashion designer, Shiralis discovered her passion for sculpting miniatures in 2011. Since then, she hasn’t turned back and continues to create marvelous miniatures.  “My goal as an artist is to create top 20 miniature staple food of every state and create a food trail across the country. I have started working on this project, and to my amazement, I found so many overlapping similarities in local cuisines from one state to another. Same food, similar recipes and yet different names!” Shirali talks about her work, what influenced her to take this up and the challenges she faces while running her venture. Read on!  We had a chat with Shirali, miniaturist from Ahmedabad about her venture, “Small Idea”, which is about sculpting miniatures such as food, bag charms and so much more! Hello, introduce a little about yourself. Hi I’m Shirali, …

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Meet The Sisters Behind Crochet Doll Venture “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur.

Meet the crafty sister-duo behind the crochet doll venture “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur. Both the sisters are trained nurses, who initially started their crochet venture as a hobby. Despite the challenges they face in a world where people’s expectations have been significantly altered through factory-made goods – in terms of speed and low price, these sisters are motivated more than ever to bring people back to appreciating artisanal handmade goodies through their humble yet ambitious motto of “One doll at a time, one smile at a time and one happy customer at a time.” We had a chat with the sister duo of “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur. They talk to us about how their hobby turned into a profitable business venture and the challenges they face along the way. Hello, please introduce yourself. Hello R&L, thanks for having us. We’re two sisters running this venture, “Handmade cottage” from Manipur. I’m Yungyung Ragui (29) and my sister’s name is Sovi Shaiza(27). We’re based in Ukhrul and Imphal. Professionally, we are both trained nurses but we have …

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Lipok Esther – An Artist and Entrepreneur from Nagaland Talks About Her Passion Venture “Fire And Earth Ceramics”

Pottery has been a craft ever since our ancestral times. It is said that people in East Asia started making pottery as early as 14000 BC before they even started farming. From being a necessary craft within a household, pottery today has evolved to an art form – with many artists experimenting with various materials and techniques to keep this craft relevant even in modern times.  Today, we chat with a talented ceramic artist, Lipok Esther from Nagaland to talk about her venture ‘Fire and Earth Ceramics’ which has caught the attention of many with her creative range of beautifuly crafted pots, cups, plates and more. R&L chats with ceramic artist Lipok Esther from Nagaland to know more about her venture  ‘Fire and Earth Ceramics’ – a passion pursuit she started with a keen interest to preserve the traditional practice of her Naga traditions and customs. Hi Lipok! Tell our readers a little about yourself. My name is Lipok Esther and I am from Dimapur, Nagaland. I have done my post graduation in English Literature and …

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Roots & Leisure Team Tours Wokha District in Nagaland to Cover “Tokhü Emong” Festival and Welcome The Famous Migratory Birds Amur Falcons

“Tokhü Emong” is a post-harvest festival which is celebrated by the Lotha tribes in Nagaland. This year, the founders of Roots and Leisure will be traveling to Wokha district (home of the Lotha tribes) in Nagaland. We will be experiencing the festival first-hand and will take all our readers along for the ride – Tune in for LIVE video coverage from the tour and the festival on our Instagram page. This year, the festival starts from the 5th of November and goes on till the 7th of November at Wokha, Nagaland. It will host various local indigenous fun games like fire making, traditional karting, yodelling and more – with local Naga bands like De Band, Tune Up Channel from Mokokchung and more performing at the evening function.  Banner set up for Tokhü Emong Festival in Wokha, Nagaland. | Photo by wethenagas Tune Up Channel, rock band from Mokokchung will be playing at Tokhü Emong Festival | Photo taken from Indihut Another exciting thing about this tour is the “Amur Falcon Festival” which will be happening this week from …

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Meet Devika Gurung from Sikkim Who Is Using Her Passion For Arts And Crafts To Empower The Underprivileged Women Of Her Hometown

Some of us go a whole lifetime before we know for sure what our true purpose, passion and calling in life is. Devika Gurung from Namthang, Sikkim is one of the lucky ones who found that early, in her 20s. She uses her skills of traditional knitting and weaving, that were taught to her by her mother and grandma to empower less priviledged women in her homestate. Read to know more about this lovely soul. We are happy to speak with Devika Gurung from Sikkim and founder of “Fidgety Fingers”- a project that empowers local women by teaching them traditional arts and crafts such as knitting and crochet. She talks to R&L about the struggles she goes through in search of her purpose in life. Hello Devika! Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and what you do. Hi, my name is Devika Gurung and I’m 30 years old. I am from Namthang of south Sikkim but I currently live in Gangtok. I was born and raised in Sikkim with big expectations from …

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This Creative Soul from Delhi Talks About Her Many Creatives Ventures | Meet Jewelry Maker and Food Stylist, Kirin Vas

A fair amount of passion and hard work goes a long way, and that is exactly what Kirin Vas from New Delhi stands testament to. From setting up her very own jewelry brand Funkanatomy, to being a successful food stylist and having her work featured on some big food brand campaigns, she really is a prime example on how to make a cool living by following your creative outlets. We had a little chat with entrepreneur, jewelry designer, and food stylist, Kirin Vas to know more about how she successfully juggles her super creative freelance life. Read on to know what this true blue Libran has to say. Hi Kirin! Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and what you’ve been up to? I’m Kirin Vas, 29 years old and based in New Delhi. I’m a food stylist and also run my own jewelry brand Funkanatomy. I grew up in Delhi NCR and launched Funkanatomy when I was 22. I started styling food independently at the age of 24 after assisting one of …

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In Depth Chat With Koushin Yamada – A Talented Artist From Japan Who Dedicates His Life To Creating Mesmerising And Otherworldly Art

With a passion like none, Koushin Yamada from Japan has made a name for himself in the world of art. After dedicating his life to art, he has found peace in creating work that satisfies himself, no one and nothing else. He’s always searching for something different and shows us that different can be better instead of  ‘following the crowd.’ 日本のファインアーティスト山田耕臣は、たぐい稀なる情熱で、世界のアート界に名をなした芸術家である。彼は、生活をアートに捧げ、何よりも自分自身が満足出来し、自分の心を癒すことが出来る作品を創作し続けてきた。いつも、新しいものを探求し続ける山田耕臣。彼の作品は、大衆に迎合し、既存のものを追い求めるより、何か、新しいものを見つける方が面白いことを、見る人に思い起こさせてくれる。ルーツ・アンド・レジャーは、耕臣の作品、インスピレーション、生活に共感し、彼にインタビューした。  Roots and Leisure talks with the hyper-creative Japanese artist Koushin Yamada from Tokyo. Read on to know about his life, his art and his source of inspiration for his wacky pieces! [Japanese text and translation by Koushin Yamada and Sachiko Imamura D’Souza.] Konichiwa Koushin San! Tell us a bit about yourself, your work and your background. こんにちわ、耕臣さん。まず、耕臣さんご自身について、どの様な創作活動をされてきたか、また、生い立ちについて、簡単に教えて下さい。 Konichiwa! My name is Koushin Yamada. I am 33 years old and was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Growing up, my family always struggled both financially and physically. My father, who was a clay model artist and art dealer, left my family when I was still a teenager. I didn’t particularly have many close friends and …

This 23-Year-Old Veterinarian Makes Handmade Soaps That are Actually Life Changing | Meet Lavanya Sophie, Founder of ‘Elixir Soaperie’

The thing about anything handmade is that every item is made with so much care and is full of love. Bonus if they make your life a little better too. Today we have a creator who makes great handmade soaps. We got introduced through a friend, who couldn’t stop raving about her soaps. We also found out that she is a veterinarian graduate, and currently a master’s student, who also runs her popular soap business ‘Elixir Soaperie’ on the side. Let’s find out more about her and her handmade goodies. Meet 23-year-old Lavanya Sophie from Pondicherry, founder and creator of ‘Elixir Soaperie’, which is a range of handmade soaps, scrubs, eye gels and other beauty products that work wonders. She makes everything from scratch and even adds fragrances and essential oils as per specific preferences. She chats with R&L about her entrepreneurial journey and her handmade soaps. Hi Lavanya. Tell us a little about yourself and what you’ve been up to? My name is Lavanya… Well, technically Dr. Lavanya. I’m a 23-year-old veterinarian graduate and am pursuing …

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This 21-Year-Old Student from Nagaland Makes Precious Feel-Good Handmade Cards | Meet Viketuno of “Yours Craftfully”

Making a career out of what you love doing is exactly what Viketuno, a young artist from Kohima, Nagaland has done with ‘Yours Craftfully’. With her brand of cute handmade crafts, we can see the passion she puts into every piece she creates. More importantly, her cards remind us of our school days where we used to pour our hearts and hours into making handmade cards for every occassion. From bookmarks to cards, every one of her creations has her signature doodle on them, which gives it a cute and customised personal touch. Today, we feature Viketuno of ‘Yours Craftfully’ as she talks about what sparked her interest and what influences her. We chat with Viketuno, a 21-year-old student from Nagaland, who also runs her arts and crafts venture called “Yours Craftfully” She talks about her passion for art, Doodling, and handmade crafts. Hello Vike, please introduce yourself. Hi, My name is Viketuno Sanyü. I am 21 years old from Kohima and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in English language. I make handmade cards and other craft items and showcase/sell …