Kohima: Nagaland saw its first Jewellery fashion show, titled Cümenyie, at Ura Academy in Kohima on Saturday evening. It was organised by GuTouch, a popular jewellery brand in the state founded by Gugu Kuotsu, a self-made jewellery artist from Kohima Village.
The word, “Cümenyie”, translates to “jewellery” in Angami Naga dialect. The show was presented with the theme ‘Ethnic Fusion’ making it a blend of tradition and modernity with a feminine floral touch.
Sharing about how the idea of blending tradition with modernity came about, Kuotsu said that as traditional wear is often worn only during specific occasions, she felt the need to flaunt and showcase the beautiful cultural and traditional wear on a day-to-day basis.
Kuotsu told media persons that although Nagas are blessed with ideas and creativity, there is need for the right platform to promote and encourage these talents. As a boost for young talents, she also devotes her time in teaching children the art of making jewellery, decorative items and paper bags.
With God as her ultimate guide, Kuotsu said prayer is her strength. In the hope that the government would aid and provide opportunities for talented youths, she recalled her rejection when she approached the governmental institution for scheme and aid.
Prominent artist Tetseo Sisters walked the ramp with other models. Meanwhile, supermodel Ketholeno Kense and designer Theja Sekhose also attended the show.