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Imali Hesso

Aghü was started by Imali and her sister Viboli Hesso in the back garden of their parents’ home in Dimapur, Nagaland. Aghü is derived fromSümi Naga which means roots. Aghü emerged as a joint project that could combine the passion & expertise and explore potential of Naga artisanal craftsmanship and eventually expand to the whole Northeast region.

Aghü engages with local craftsmen of Nagaland to produce contemporary, stylish, and elegant pieces for the modern home. The Naga history of craftsmanship inspires mysticism, represents the vibrant culture, and portrays tales of creativity.  They celebrate the traditional Naga techniques and intend to share this through their products. All their artisans are based in Nagaland and engage in traditional craftsmanship. Aghü rewards the craftsmen with payment for their work and maintains a relationship of mutual trust and respect. They aim to strengthen and support the craftsmen and harness the transformative power of an efficient business.

All Aghü products are natural, sustainable, and ethically sourced locally.  Every product is individually handpicked and curates a small collection seasonally.  They do not produce commercially; all the collections are mindful, seek to prevent waste, and can be considered a collectible.

Imali is from Cohort 2.0 of Project Her&Now.

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