Imphal: Manipur observed the 6th edition of the National Handloom Day to promote the local weavers, artisans and craftsmen, and to create awareness on the handloom, its importance, usage and the employment generation in Imphal on Friday.
Organised by the directorate of handloom and textiles, the simple event was attended by textiles, commerce and industry minister Th Biswajit Singh as the chief guest.
As per the official statement, the National Handloom Day was celebrated in commemoration of the formal proclamation of the Swadeshi Movement and passage of the Boycott Resolution to boycott the Manchester cloth and Liverpool salt on August 7, 1905, in a massive meeting held in the Calcutta Town Hall.
As part of the event, the state awards for handloom and handicrafts were awarded to three outstanding weavers and five artisans with cash prizes of Rs 1 lakh each for 2019-2020.
Merit awards to three weavers and 15 artisans with a cash award of Rs. 50,000 each were also conferred. Consolation Awards of Rs 10,000 each were also conferred. Under the scheme for awardees, financial assistance of Rs 4.40 lakh each were also distributed to two awardees of 2018-19 for producing their award-winning products on a commercial scale.
Speaking at the event, minister Biswajit said that celebrating the day alone is not enough and that we should also understand the essence of the day is celebrated, adding that we can achieve a self-sufficient society only when we promote and start using our products.
The minister also said that the directorate of handloom and textiles has already introduced a Buy Back Scheme for weavers through which weavers can contact the directorate through a toll-free number and receive yarn at cheaper rates. The scheme has also buy back provision for the finished products.
During the event, a coffee-table book on Manipur handloom & handicrafts and a guideline book for exports of textile materials were also released.
As per the minister, the objective of the coffee-table book is to showcase the beauty of the state before the entire world by highlighting the traditions, culture, handloom and handicraft products of various ethnic groups of the State.
The coffee table book published in association with the Indian Express Group has photographs with a brief history of traditional dresses and costumes of different communities of the State.
“We should create our platform to showcase and highlight our culture, tradition, beauty, that we should pledge to promote and use our local products,” added the minister.