Handloom Expo begins in Kohima

Handloom Expo begins in Kohima
(L-R): Lithrongla G. Chishi inaugurating the expo stalls in Kohima. One of the stalls displaying shawls and other crafted items for sale. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/21/2019 12:09:18 PM IST

Nagaland Industries & Commerce commissioner and secretary, Lithrongla G. Chishi officially inaugurated the National Handloom Expo at Gurkha Public Panchayat Ground, Chandmari, Kohima on March 21.

The expo has been organized by the Nagaland Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. Dimapur and sponsored by the Office of the development commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. 

In her short speech, the commissioner said such expos would help weavers and artisans grow their businesses. Besides being a business opportunity, Lithrongla added that it also allows them to meet and interact with one another. 

She also requested weavers to bring their problems to the notice of the department since department officials are stationed at the expo to clarify doubts. The commissioner hoped that with the platform, weavers will be able to improve and be able expose their talents in the national and international levels. She further encouraged them to work harder to make their skill a business and also be more customer friendly.

Lithrongla challenged the weavers and artisans to be more innovative to face the challenges of today’s market. 

Managing director, Industries & Commerce, K. Hokishe Assumi, said expos are not only about sales but also to expose the rich culture and traditions of the state. He said the expo aims to provide a platform for weavers and artisans to get exposure so that they are able to understand demands of the national market. 

This is the second time we are holding this expo in Kohima, Hokishe said, and hoped it turns out to be even better than the previous years.

Fifty stalls have been set up and other states such as Assam, Manipur, Delhi etc are also taking part in the expo. Various cooperative societies, handloom entrepreneurs, and weavers from Self Help Groups (SHGs) are participating in the expo. Many stalls displaying handloom and handicraft items, among other products, are being showcased at the National Handloom Expo which will conclude on April 3.

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