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Eri silk products woo customers

(From left) The mufflers and caps made of silk are in high demand in European Country. Silk cushion covers and some of the colourful silk ‘mekhalas’ displayed at Sericulture workshop -cum- exhibition in Dimapur Club, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR
Published on 29 Apr. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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The two-day state level sericulture workshop –cum- exhibition concluded on Wednesday at Dimapur Club.
A total of 157 participants who attended the workshop were enlightened on the economics of sericulture, eri silk spinning, weaving and prospect of silk entrepreneurship and silk marketing. It may be mentioned that that the two day event emphasized on post cocoon process and marketing strategies.
The resource persons for the workshop were S N Mishra and Naveen Padaki of Central Silk Board (Central Sericulture Technological Research & Training Institute) Guwahati and textile designer Jampu Ronya.
Commissioner & Secretary of Sericulture & Veterinary & A H, L H Thangi Mannen in her concluding remark called upon the participants to not let the exhibition and workshop end but continue with it. She also urged the sericulture officers to work diligently wherever they were posted.
Meanwhile, out of the total of 20 stalls (5 from Assam), Vitho Krotho of Chumukedima took away the first prize followed by Dolie Krotho (Medziphema) while the third prize went to Indelue (Kokrajhar).
Sericulture products ranged from silk cushion covers, mufflers, shawls, bags, caps, mekhalas, bed-sheets, pillow covers etc.
The development of silk has slowly been pushed forward finally by the government after realizing the huge market potential for the products both inside and outside the country. Though a tad costlier than cotton, the ‘queen of fibre’ has always been in demand.

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