Kohima: The second edition of the Nagaland handmade jewellery exhibition will be held on September 24 at The Heritage in Kohima, after a gap of one year. The jewellery exhibition is a brainchild of Thungchibemo Ezung, a 20-year-old certified jeweller and owner of the jewellery brand ‘PIPO’.

“This time, the event’s focus is on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global call by the United Nations (UN) where the state government has also recently launched the SDG vision. We strive to work for three main goals of the SDGs—No poverty (goal 1), gender equality (goal 3), and decent work and economic growth (goal 8),” said Ezung.

The event is powered by the state government’s Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA).

In the first edition, seven homegrown jewellery brands took part in the three-hour exhibition, making a cumulative earning of around Rs 53,000 where these local entrepreneurs were directly benefited.

But how do the one-day exhibition achieve three SDGs in one go? Ezung says, “We want to be accessible for the upliftment of homegrown brands in alliance with the state government and the private sector to help eliminate poverty in our state. Our focus is also to balance growth without gender barriers, making it an inclusive approach for sustainable growth. We aim to inculcate opportunities that expand access to marketing services and ensure that everybody gets the benefit of entrepreneurship and innovation.”

This year, 12 brands will be part of the exhibition of which eight are jewellery brands, and three are handmade hubs. The jewellery brands include PIPO, Münye Handmade, Gifted Creations, The Khriezos, Humtsoe crafts, Menyie silver jewellery, Abeila casket, Berem jewellery, and Mixpick enterprise. The three handmade hubs are Nr studio, Made in Nagaland, and Wulo Akami artworks.

The exhibition will begin with an exclusive one-hour session at 10:30 AM after which it will be open for the public till 4:00 PM. After the one-day exhibition, the products will also be put on sale at the Made in Nagaland hub and be listed on the Ilandlo shopping site.

As EastMojo reported earlier, Ezung’s ‘PIPO’ is a homegrown jewellery brand, which was established in 2016, catering to international clients, reaching as far as the United Kingdom and Bangkok. Ezung became a Certified Bench Jeweler Technician (CBJT) specializing in silversmith and diamond stone setting in March this year.



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