Case Study: NEIHUNUO SORHIE
Neihunuo Sorhie comes from a simple and modest family upbringing. Her father Lt. Duopie-o Sorhie, died when she was very young. She ha¬s two brothers Vozilie and Akhrie-o in the family, for whom she would weave shawls since her young age. Her mother taught her how to weave and by the age of six she was able to weave clothes herself. The weaving was a part of her childhood and culture, and eventually it transcended to being her passion in life. Due to her nancial background, Neihunuo could not complete her education and neither did she exclusively study weaving, but with her hard work and determination, she managed to do a brilliant job in it. She was also supported in every step by her mother.
Neihunuo eventually went on to set up her own enterprise where she would employ around 60 tribal weavers who would develop a range of products, ranging anything between shawls and purses made to showcase the exquisite Naga craftsmanship and culture. She is known for giving individual ‘nishing touches’ to each of the products herself. And with the help of her profound passion for weaving, her enterprise has been showcased in more than 90 dierent exhibitions both in India and abroad. She continues to develop her skill and craft in weaving and textiles, and for this she was presented the Balipara Foundation Naturenomics ™ Award in 2014.
Neihunuo has helped in providing livelihood opportunities to a small portion of tribal women in North-east India, and till date continues to increase the capacity of people who can work in her enterprise.
Neihunuo has helped to increase the reach and awareness of Naga Tribal groups and about their art and culture, with respect to textiles and other products. Ecological Impact: Neihunuo, through her enterprise is in a moderate way helping tribal women deviate from
extracting natural resources from the park and instead channeling them to depend on sustainable livelihood through weaving.