The 5th North-East Traditional Fashion Week was organised on 24th and 25th July 202. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) in association with the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan) (NIEPVD, Dehradun) organised the NEIFW 2021 to cater to the divyang stakeholders from the North-East to support the arts and artisans of North-East India. It is part of the Divyangjan Movement for Empowering the Specially-Abled towards an Inclusive part of ‘India@75 National Celebration’ and flagship programme for North-East India. The virtual event was inaugurated by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar.
The Union Minister said that such events encourage entrepreneurial avenues and generate employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. With an inclusive approach, the event focussed on the ‘Make In India’ movement by mainstreaming persons with disabilities along with promoting the indigenous culture and art forms of North-East India. It included various tribes and ethnic groups of the North-East and encouraged the textile and craft industry to take an inclusionary approach.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, A. Narayanaswamy mentioned that the North-East Region of India is historically known for its finest artisans and has a very advanced and large-scale informal artisan entrepreneurship for their textile, handloom and craft industry.
The event was to highlight the weaving skill, textile and craft of the Northeastern women. Drawing focus on the indigenous and traditional skills of the North-East in the areas of silk-rearing, silk-extraction, weaving, wood-craft, bamboo craft, organic cultivation, orchids etc are a few of the avenues that can be explored for encouraging the skill-training and mainstreaming of persons with disabilities. Secretary DEPwD, Anjali Bhawra added that it will be a milestone for empowering the Specially-Abled towards an Inclusive India.
The NEIFW is known for the Skilling and Entrepreneurship Building; Artisan Training Workshop; Exhibition of Divyang Artisans; Traditional Dress Show and Traditional Cultural Festival. It not just creates awareness about the skills and abilities of persons with disabilities but also helps promote their employment avenues. Persons with disabilities, their families, NGOs, DPOs, Parent Organizations, Special Schools, Special Vocational Centers and Cooperatives etc. from all the 08 North-Eastern States have participated in this historic event in an effort to crave a way to revamp the concept of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities across the country.