Kohima, March 10: More than 50 weavers from across Nagaland and also parts of Assam and Manipur are participating in the 14-day long State Handloom Expo organised by Nagaland Apex Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Federation Ltd. Dimapur (WEAFED) at GPPK Hall, Chandmari Kohima.
Gracing the inaugural function as special guest today, Commissioner & Secretary Cooperation Department, Sehjang Doungel said the expo is to provide a vibrant platform to the weavers and cooperative sector to exhibit and sell their product.
The state handloom expo is sponsored by the Development Commissioner for handlooms, Ministry of Textile, Government of India, he said.
Doungel said that then Ministry of Textile is making great effort for the welfare of artisans and the weavers community by not only providing skill training to unemployed youth of the region in various crafts through its training centre but also provides for handholding of the trained weavers and artisans by getting themselves registered with the department for availing various benefit being provided by the government through different schemes.
Wishing the artisans and weavers to use their skills, Doungel expressed hope that the expo would be a grand success.
WEAFED Managing Director Gwaruno Khing said that while more than 150 weavers and artisans had applied for participation, the federation sorted only 60, including 20 from Assam and Manipur.
He said that 60 artisans and weavers from North East, including 40 from Nagaland are participating in the expo.
Khing also requested the general public to come and witness and purchase the products exhibited by the women weavers and artisans from the rural areas.
He said that the exhibition is a platform for the weavers and artisans to sell.
(Page News Service)