The Northeast India Academy of Peforming Arts (NIAPA) has been invited to take part in the 19th season of the New York Couture fashion week. This fashion week is one of the biggest annual fashion events in the world and NIAPAs has been requested to showcase its Nagaland and Northeast India designs on 14th February, when the event takes place.
"It's a great honour for us to receive an invitation and be part of the New York Couture fashion week this season. We have envisaged a unique plan of showcasing the many varied talents, unique culture and creativity of the people of Nagaland and the northeast India”, designer Akuonuo Khezhie, founder of NIAPA gratefully said. “Our aim is to promote and bring awareness for the lost traditions of northeast India", she added.
Not only will NIAPA be showing off its cultural designs, it will also include a play based on the Naga folklore, before the fashion show begins. In terms of the variety of designs that will be showcased by NIAPA, "We would like the designs to be modern, unique and creative, while infused with traditional and cultural elements so as to display our varied and rich heritage”, stated Khezhie.
This show is also the change we believe will help them, [the audience] perceive culture in a new light", she concluded.