Sunday, August 14, 2022

AHVY seminar for artisans held at Pfütsero town

A seminar for artisans under Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) was held at Nazareth School, Pfütsero under Phek district on July 1 and 2, sponsored by the office of development commissioner (Handicrafts), ministry of Textiles and implemented by Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPED).
In a press release, NEPED POU member, Er Renbenthung Humtsoe informed that during the programme, extra assistant commissioner (EAC) Pfütsero, Dr Riku Khutso said Chakhesangs produced “unique handicrafts” but were unaware of how to sell and promote them.
In this regard, he urged upon them to come together as a group and work collectively so that they could do and achieve more.
If a group in a village manages to make 300 baskets in a month and sell it for Rs. 1000 each, they would be able to sell it for Rs 3 lakh, he stated.
The EAC said their produce of handicrafts in different forms held value and thus, he urged upon the participants from several villages under Phek district to make the best use of the workshop.
At the programme, handicrafts promotion officer, HSC Kohima, Rajib Chandra Roy highlighted DC handicrafts schemes/GeM Portal and Shilp Guru award which is conferred to master crafts persons every year by the centre.
Speaking on the importance of design & technology in textiles/handicrafts, managing director, Woven Threads & Recipient of Award of Excellence 2018 by the World Craft Council (WCC), Kevisedenuo Margaret Zinyü handiwork was the strength of Nagas.
She said indigenous knowledge was also technology and that if Nagaland was to be a prosperous state, it should value indigenous knowledge.
Sharing her journey of getting into textiles, Kevisedenuo said it started with a school scout camping which required them to learn a skill and teach others.
Subsequently, she learnt to weave and taught her peers.
On her course at National Institute of Design (NID), she recollected that they were taught to value their own background, culture and traditions.
Besides theoretical learning, she shared that they went around villages, lived with rural families, learnt new crafts and studied their lifestyles.
Earlier, resource persons, branch manager SBI Pfütsero, Vizoto Angami spoke on “availing MUDRA loan for handicraft artisans” while executive director, Chakhesang Women Welfare Society, Nezelü Nyekha spoke on “conservation of traditional designs and patterns under Geographical Indication Area (GIA) patent right.” Earlier, NEPED member, Dr Savio Krocha delivered welcome address and chaired the programme
More than 200 artisans from different villages under Phek district participated in the workshop.

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