This Indian embroiderer showcases the natural heritage of northeast India with thread

A surprisingly detailed piece is that of the Dzukou Valley in Nagaland, teeming with wildflowers, green hills and a river flowing in the distance. Overlooking the scene is the back of a tribal chief, Baruah donning the iconic Naga red shawl, white hornbill feather and spear in hand. Another piece, Assam’s Lake Chandubi, shows tiny boats floating in a thick swirl of French knot green leaves against an expanse of dark blue, with the caption describing the high seismic zone area. The lake is believed to have formed after a massive earthquake sank the forest and gave way to a new body of water with rich biodiversity.

Baruah highlights the impact of urbanization on these spaces, with declining green cover and biodiversity loss, and raises the urgency of conservation. She infuses each scene with a perfection born of nostalgia, attempting to convey their surreal beauty. “If people find these recreations beautiful, then maybe they’ll think about how amazing they actually are and how important they are to preserve.”

The future plans to embroider larger pieces, hold online embroidery workshops and train locals in the art of embroidery to provide a part-time source of income. “I want to continue to spread awareness of North East India through my art. I hope at least one person who sees it learns something interesting about the area.

Read also :

The cult of India’s rising contemporary embroiderer tells us why painstaking craftsmanship is their preferred medium

All about the exceptional weavings of North-East India

Designer Akhuana and photographer Rakovinai Zho are part of the avant-garde spirit of North East Indian fashion