The MG Community Skill Development & Training Centre at Oyan village in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh has been recognized by the Silk Mark Organization of India sponsored by Central Silk Board (CSB) run under Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The central government agency, which controls quality of silk products, has allowed using ‘Silk Mark’ on 100 percent natural cloths produced by the skill development centre.
The training centre set up in July 2014 has been conducting skill development training for creating self-employment avenues in rural areas. As such, it is implementing central-sponsored projects for economic enhancement of the rural entrepreneurs through handloom and handicraft activities.
The Skill Development & Training Centre is an initiative of Siang Tea Industries Ltd of Arunachal, which is working for promotion of organic farming in the state.
The centre is competent to produce quality silk clothes and finishing products of the handloom garments, which are exported to different places within the country and abroad.
Launching the use of ‘silk mark’ on the 100 percent natural silk products, the skill development centre on Friday conducted day-long exhibition cum sale at Oyan village bordering to Jonai of Assam, wherein rural weavers and entrepreneurs from different corners of Siang belt took part.
Thus, exhibition of silk cloths, organic tea and vegetables and fast food preparation using locally available organic food staffs enthralled the visitors.
Among other dignitaries, renowned artist of Japan, Masami Yamada with his family, former Union Minister and Siang Tea Industries Managing Director Omak Apang, plastic engineer Tangir Perme and other graced the occasion.
Yamada, who is working for promotion of silk farming and development of silk industry in Himalayan region, also launched a ‘signature campaign’ on the occasion.
Addressing the occasion, in-charge of MG Skill Development & Training Centre Aitoki Doley said her team working to develop Siang valley as ‘Silk Zone’ in the coming days.
“We have accumulated the commercial silk growers and women Self Help Groups having sericulture and weaving activities, who are imparting regular training and technical feedback from Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship Indian Institute (IIE) on silk culture and quality thread production”, Aitoki said while exuding her hope that silk industries in the region would attract the customers and generate commercial value of silk products in the years to come.