Indigenous Fibres of Nagaland

Advocacy, Craftspersons/ Artisanal, Employment/ Livelihood, Entrepreneurship, Business Devt.

Indigenous Fibres of Nagaland: Wild Orange Rhea plant (Debregeasia Longifolia) and Himalayan Stinging Nettle (Girardinia diversifolia)

Zinyu, Kevisedenuo Margaret

Issue #10, 2023                                                                              ISSN: 2581- 9410 In recent times, the search for local raw materials has become increasingly pertinent in helping global industries reduce their carbon footprints. For organizations looking to move away from dependence on imported raw materials or energy sources, investigatory research plays a vital role in uncovering potential options that are available locally. Although this process can sometimes take an extended period, it is often a necessary step in order to achieve long-term sustainability goals To help illustrate such a research endeavour, we can look to my own experience of searching for bast fibres in the region of Nagaland, although I did some amount of secondary research the materials weren’t quite complete let alone the artisans or the indigenous knowledge seems to have perished. During my scouting for unique and languishing crafts, I came across a bast fiber textile worn by the Khiamniungan Naga tribe during the Hornbill festival. This unearthed a vast array of potential options, however before any design intervention it was essential to develop an understanding of the specific nuances of local artisans and...
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