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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July - August 2020