Heirloom Naga, a design firm based in Nagaland, India and established in 1992, is a manufacturer and exporter of Native Naga Textiles, jewellery and artefacts. It retails at most of the high-end domestic stores in the country and exports to countries such as USA, UK, France, Spain, Chile, Japan and Germany.

Nagaland is one of the eight states located in the northeast of India and in recent times have become synonymous with the celebrated Hornbill Festival. Nagaland is inhabited by several tribes each with their distinct characteristics, customs, dialects and traditional dresses. While several tribes inhabit the state of Nagaland, these are some of the well-known tribes: Angami, Ao, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger and Zeliang.

Each tribe celebrates their own diverse festivals out of which the Aoling of the Konyak tribe is greatly anticipated by both the Nagas and tourists alike. Aoling is a festival welcoming the arrival of spring andunlike the other tribes, it is celebrated only in Mon, the Konyak-inhabited district.

Heirloom Naga was founded by Jesmina Zeliang, also the founder/proprietor of Cane Concepts. She is also the founding partner of Konyak, a North East specialty store in Guwahati and Dibrugarh (Assam) as well as the founding partner of Razhü Pru, a heritage hotel in Kohima, Nagaland.

Heirloom Naga was created with an idea to innovate the existing Naga textiles using the help of traditional weavers. The weavers are highly skilled women, most of whom rely completely on their primitive style loin-loom weaving for their livelihood.It has been instrumental in the promotion of woven products as fewer women are engaged in the craft today. Taking advantage of the flexibility of the loin-loom, the weavers work within the confines of their own homes, which not only allows them to conduct their other chores but also ensures that they are not displaced.

Jesmina has been chosen not only as a delegate but also to lead delegation teams on several occasions to represent both the northeast region as well as India. In 2013, she was one of three members to represent India under the prestigious International Visiting Leadership program in Washington, USA.

Doordarshan commissioned a 20-minute documentary in 2009 titled “Threads of Life” directed and filmed by Maulee Senapaty to chronicle the daily activities surrounding her work.

In 2008, Heirloom Naga was selected as one of the 40 small producers worldwide by the Dutch Government under their trade promotional wing CBI – centre for the promotion of Imports from Developing Countries.

Jesmina resides in Nagaland and continues to play a vital role in the everyday management of Heirloom Naga.

Further information about her work can be found here...