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21 days 'National handloom expo' begins

Chief guest, joint director of Industries and Commerce, Er Kahoto Sumi 6th from left with officials of the District Industries Centre. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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With a view to boost the functioning of weavers in Nagaland, the Department of Industry and Commerce (DIC) organized the ‘National Handloom Expo’ here at Super Market on Monday.
Joint director, Industries and Commerce Nagaland, Er. Kahoto Sumi was the chief guest. After declaring the expo open, the chief guest visited the stalls and interacted with the entrepreneurs.
Altogether 40 stalls have been set up, for the 21 days handloom expo, out of which, 5 are from the neighboring state of Manipur displaying an array of handloom products like ‘mekhala’, bags, machete, cane and bamboo products, dry flowers as well Kauna or water reed mat and cushions, a specialty of Manipur etc.
Kahoto, a local entrepreneur while interacting said the state DIC did not charge any form of dues from the participants.
He further lauded the platform provided by the department to the local weavers to expose their business enterprise on a large scale and also clear the weaver’s stock.
He also sounded optimistic while stating the expo would make available one-to-one interaction between weavers and clients so that weavers can be enlightened on more innovative designs.
While interacting with Imphal’s Oriental women welfare society, on behalf of all the participating teams from outside, the society’s secretary, Reena Angom appreciated the opportunity provided by the department to take part in the expo.
Furthermore she expressed her satisfaction with the arrangements made by the department and for providing them a comfortable stay in a hotel.
It may be mentioned that the expo is clearly a non-profit scheme initiated by the department for the benefit of the entrepreneurs.
National Handloom Expo is funded by the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The expo concludes on November 28.

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