Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was on a whirlwind tour of Arunachal Pradesh, was impressed with the Loin Loom weaving of the state on Saturday.
Modi reviewed a loin loom set up in the Gazebo of the front lawns of Raj Bhavan, Itanagar. The PMs visit is sure to give a boost to the gradually dying practice of loin loom weaving.
Interacting with loin loom weavers, the Prime Minister showed interest in the method of operating the loin loom. He enquired about the availability of threads for the looms.
The display of the indigenous loin loom set was arranged at the initiative of the Governor Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) and first lady of the State, Neelam Misra.
Loin loom weaving is one of the indigenous artisan skill legacy passed down by womenfolk of Arunachal Pradesh from one generation to the other. The designs and patterns of traditional weaving of Arunachal Pradesh are unique, attractive, exclusive and one of its kind in the world.
Every tribe of Arunachal Pradesh has different colours and design symbolizing their identity. loin loom weaving is an extension of the traditions and has been a time tested self employment avenue for the ladies.
But in the recent times, modernization and changing values are posing a threat to the loin loom family traditions and may lead to the disappearance of the tribal craft and the age old source of sustenance for tribal ladies.
With the Prime Minister’s appreciation of the indigenous loin loom weaving, this art, craft and skill will get definitely be adopted by the young ladies across Arunachal Pradesh and also educated young girls as a hobby and tradition.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) and Chief Minister Pema Khandu were present on the occasion with others.