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Governor‘s message praises Naga craft

A view of the stalls at Urban Haat, Dimapur, housing the national handloom expo 2008, which was inaugurated on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter: Dimapur, 14 Jul 2008
Published on 15 Jul. 2008 12:49 AM IST
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Governor K Sankaranarayanan has stated that  Nagas have a rich tradition of art and craft rooted in a lifestyle that was in harmony with the environment they lived in, and that skilled craftsmen and artisans had always been the pillars of a tribal society.
“Skilled craftsmen were employed to carve out splendid village gates, house posts and Morungs in Naga villages. Fine storage baskets, wicker drinking vessels and containers were woven by craftsmen whose skills had been inherited from generations of skilled craftsmen,” the Governor stated in his speech, which was read out in absentia by chairman of the inaugural programme and principal secretary & development commissioner, Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir at the inaugural function of Urban Haat and national handloom expo 2008 here at Walford area on Monday.
Stressing on the need to preserve and promote the artistic culture of the State, the Governor hoped the inauguration of Urban Haat in Dimapur, which he said was long overdue, would go a long way in preserving and promoting the art and craft of the State.
Sankaranarayanan also appealed the Ministry of Textiles to take ample steps to ensure that the Haat remained functional effectively and showcase the best of handicrafts available in the country.
Parliamentary secretary of Industries & Commerce, KC Nihoshe who was the guest of honour in his speech said the state was marching ahead with the rest of the world in terms of development as the state government was trying its best for all round development to sustain its economy.
He also said the state Government would organize on regular basis an inter-state and national exhibition on handloom to sell and popularize the state’s handloom products.
Nihoshe further urged the weavers and artisans to produce their products in large quantity so as to sell them even to international markets to boost the State’s economy.
Director of Industries & Commerce, Er. G Keppen Rengma in his report on the project said the funding pattern on Urban Haat was 70 percent from the central government and 30 percent from Nagaland government.
Commissioner & Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Imkonglemba proposed the vote of thanks.
A total of sixty four stalls including two from Assam and five from Manipur are exhibiting in the National Handloom expo 2008 at Urban Haat and the expo will continue till July 31.
The Urban Haat is a joint venture of the State Department of Industries & Commerce and Development Commissioner (Handlooms) and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India.

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