‘Chizami Weaves’, is dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique loin loom textile of Nagaland, while ensuring sustainable livelihoods for economically marginalized rural women.
The journey that began with eight women in 2008 is now a thriving movement covering 600 women weavers from the Phek district. ‘Chizami weaves’ promotes and develops textiles through the loin loom or the back-strap loom that is still traditionally used by the Chakhesang Nagas and other tribes of Nagaland.
Our weavers are contributing in keeping alive the traditional knowledge and skills, making handwoven products available for conscious consumers, while sustaining their family and community. Enabling the weavers to participate in building their communities towards sustainability is what we are focused on. Our weavers, while supporting their families, through their weaving, are now articulating their voices around issues of health, livelihood, food security, environment, and making their presence felt within their homes and community’s public spaces.
‘Chizami Weaves’, is a project of NENTERPRISE, an entity of NEN to engage with our commercial but not-for-profit activities.