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Weavers’ innovation display at NH expo
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Sep. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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National Handloom Expo 2010 got under way at Urban Haat, Dimapur here on Thursday.
Products from various districts including Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Kohima and others are on display while some empty stalls have been reserved for the entrepreneurs from neighbouring states like Assam and Manipur.
Though entrepreneurs from other states could not turn up at the inaugural function despite invitation extended by the department, organizers are still expecting them at the expo.
Exhibitors include primary cooperative societies, self-help groups, handloom clusters etc.
Inaugurating the expo, parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce Dr. K.C Nihoshe said such kind of expo was gradually gaining momentum and people are more aware of handloom and weaving activities.
He was all praise for DAN government and central government under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He said cordial relationship between centre and state government are very smooth and all kinds of funds provided by the central government are enjoyed by the people, and that department officers were doing a good job to bring in fund.
He also reiterated that the department’s policy was to collect fund for more developmental activities and to encourage artisans and weavers.
Exhorting the weavers and entrepreneurs, Dr. Nihoshe urged them to produce handloom products in bulk to meet the demands of the market and to strengthen economic condition of the state, rather than going for incentives and transport subsidy alone. He also urged them to maintain discipline and tolerance to succeed in their works.
Later, addressing media persons, Dr. Nihoshe said the expo may not be on a larger scale and the outcome appeared to be slow but market was available the weavers and artisans. He also informed that best stall at the expo whether individual, small scale societies of multi purpose societies would be selected to participate at national trade fare.
Dr. Nihoshe was accompanied by parliamentary secretary for transport & communication department and mechanical engineering (PWD), P. Dako Phom, former DMC chairman Khekaho Assumi and other officials of industries and commerce department.
While for customers the 21-day exhibition is a platform to check out innovations by weavers from different tribes. And those who are yet to shop for traditional shawls, ‘mekhala’, ornament and even indigenous house-hold décor can head straight to national handloom expo. The handloom extravaganza has significant merchandise to offer - especially for women.
With 30 stalls displaying various handloom products it is needless to say that range is mind-boggling and the initial response to the expo appears to be lukewarm.
However, a section of the enterprising women are hopeful that sales would pick up as the expo would go on till September 22. The expo is sponsored by development commissioner (Handloom) ministry of textiles government of India.

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