Tribal Indian designs in modern format at London Fashion Week

first_img(With Pix) New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Designer Yana Ngoba has teamed up with fabric designer, Nabam Aka to bring to life the loin loom – one of the oldest looms in the world, handwoven by weavers in Arunachal Pradesh at the upcoming London Fashion Week. For Ngoba, the show said to be her first globally heralds a big opportunity and the start of a new journey, which offers a platform to bring fashion from Indias north east on an international stage. “Theres a huge following of boho and gypsy trends in the UK and I plan on capitalising on the same. Its a great platform to bring north eastern tribal accessories, fabric and fine artmanship to the UK market and to the world,” Ngoba told PTI in an email interview. Ngoba is part of the London Fashion Weeks off-schedule shows Fashions Finest and is set to showcase her collection on September 19 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The designer who retails under her label Yana in Style aims to carry forward the legacy passed on by the forefathers in the North East and hopes to bring to the fore heritage handlooms, woven fabrics and handmade jewellery made of bronze, brass, stones and broken bones. Fusing rich traditions with contemporary elements is what defines Ngobas distinctive style. The loin loom, says Ngoba is a heritage fabric whose making has been passed down over generations of weavers. Ngoba with Nabam Aka have worked in the North-East states to uplift traditional weavers and introduce new and safe weaving looms. The colored fabrics have been dyed using the traditional method of Indigo dyeing and also with other vegetable colors. “Nabam is a revered designer from Arunachal Pradesh. She has employed a number of weavers in Itanagar. I have always promoted North East artmanship. Nabam and I were working on loin loom in our respective spaces and thats when we decided to collaborate,” says Ngoba. Since their show is being sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh government, they wanted to present a collection that speaks completely of the fashion in the North East ? clothes and accessories. Hen feathers, agate, bamboo, cane, yarn, silver, brass and jute have been used for the accessories. For Ngoba the aim is to elevate the ethnic accessories and the fabric from loin loom into modern, stylish boho and gypsy international fashion wear. MORE PTI ANS ANSadvertisementlast_img read more

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