Heirlooms Of The Future
AD Architectural Digest India|July - August 2020
Heirlooms Of The Future
The 2019 JSW prize for contemporary craftsmanship was awarded to Heirloom Naga, a textile and weaving centre in Dimapur founded by Jesmina Zeliang
Komal Sharma
One of Jesmina Zeliangs’s earliest memories is of her late mother sitting in the courtyard of their home in Dimapur, Nagaland, weaving a shawl for her husband. “She would weave the Angami shawl; we call it ‘lohe’. It was an annual affair and my father would wrap that shawl around himself with such pride. She would weave for us children too. In that sense, my romance with handloom textiles began at a very young age.”

Zeliang, 52, is the founder of Heirloom Naga, a textile studio based in Dimapur, which employs 450 Naga women, who weave from their own homes, creating textiles that draw inspiration from traditional Naga patterns and motifs, made for modern, urban homes. Zeliang comes across as shy and self-effacing and is strikingly bright and stylish. Her self-taught sensibility for design and a sensitive entrepreneurial spirit made her a very popular jury choice—and, eventually, the winner—of the annual JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship 2019-2020.

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