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Model Showcase Traditional Costumes Woven by Divyang

For the first time in Manipur, 23 models walked the ramp in traditional costumes woven by Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on Saturday.

The show was organized under the theme ‘Pick Local and Style in Global’ at Ima Panthoibi Charifi and Sheloi Apanaba at the City Convention Center in Imphal East.

Ima Panthoibi Charifi and Sheloi Apanaba are modern textile, handloom and handicrafts emporiums located in Manipur.

Social Welfare Minister H Dingo was the chief guest on the occasion, while Nongmikapam Joymati, retired director of Horticulture Department, presided over the event.


Indigenous handicrafts and handloom items like baskets, lapdibi, clay toy, ngarubak, loo, hidakfu, towel, knife, shawl, wrapper were displayed in the event, in which 10 groups from various institutions and associations for persons with disabilities participated.

Various traditional dances were presented by the students of Bibi Paul Mental Development Home, Mongsangei, Imphal West.

Sunibala, PWD, who has worked with Sheloi Apanaba since 2015, said, “It was heartwarming to see the models dressed like this. This type of event boosts our spirits and increases our will power. I am glad to know that my work does not go to waste. Though I am physically disabled, but I am a self-sufficient woman, as I earn 7,000 to 10,000 rupees every month.

Models also expressed their gratitude. “Those clothes are as good as any designer’s,” said one model at the show.

sole stall owner

Soibam Birla Devi Dolls & Toys, Lapham Khunau, Imphal East, had opened a stall at the expo.

Speaking to News18, Birla, who is in his wheelchair, expressed happiness over interacting with different people at the expo.

He started practicing the art of making ‘Lafdibi’ at a young age and has participated in shows since 2004.

“I made two life-size dolls,” she said.

Laishram Priyadarshini, proprietor of Sheloi Apanaba, while talking exclusively to News18 said, “We are trying to give a message to the world that their contribution towards the society is no less than others.”

He further expressed his dissatisfaction with the officials of the Social Welfare Department who allegedly refused to give any moral support despite several attempts.

“We are delighted that the newly inducted H Dingo participated in the ceremony,” he said.

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