Fashion expert Robert Naorem draws world attention to help restore peace in Manipur
Well-known fashion expert Robert Naorem of Manipur has sought the attention of the whole country and the world over to help restore normalcy and peace in the state. He said that Manipur needs support from the Centre and State governments as well as from people from both sides (Meitei and Kuki) to bring back peace in the state.
“Manipur is inhabited by various communities belonging to different religions. The present clash is due to some misunderstandings between two communities and is not about religion at all. It can be taken as a clash between brothers of the same family It is not about Hindus and Christians or Meiteis and tribals. There are many religions that predominantly remain in our state. The national media is focusing more on religion without highlighting ground reality, and it is quite unfortunate,” Robert said while speaking to the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR).
“I have worked closely with both the communities. Recently, I did shows based on the Kuki community supporting the tribal motifs at Kangokpi and Churachandpur districts. Whenever I showcase something across the world, I never miss out on my tribal brothers and sisters and the beautiful weaves of tribals. It is necessary to bring back those moments, and I always feel proud to work with all the communities,” he added.
Expressing support to both the communities and those who are suffering, he urged both communities to stop the violence, engage in development work, and maintain peace.
Pointing out that the state is thriving in terms of development and promotion of tourism, such as at the recently held Femina Miss India, he said the current situation should not be a hindrance to the sector. Let Manipur shine to the rest of the world, he said.
Robert Naorem is a fashion entrepreneur, designer, and makeup artist. He is known for his contribution to the handloom and textile industries of Manipur.
Robert was honoured with the Global Warming Award in May 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was awarded the International Iconic Award in 2017 (Handloom and Textiles of India) by Gold Tower Group and Foundation.
He earned "the most inspirational designer of 2017" award for showcasing his collections at India Fashion Week London and best international designer India, at International Fashion Week Milan, Italy, in 2019.
He also showcased his ‘Manipur Round’ collection at the Femina Miss India 2023 pageant, which was held in Imphal, Manipur, sponsored by the Manipur Tourism Department.