BRAWFED MD NN Rana Patgiri. Image: Northeast Now
BRAWFED MD NN Rana Patgiri. Image: Northeast Now

Managing Director of Bodoland Regional Apex Weavers & Artisans Cooperative Federation (BRAWFED) limited NN Rana Patgiri stressed on the rich legacy of handloom and textiles in Assam.

He also lamented the fact that there is a lack of adequate manpower in the industry to tap the global market, which thrives for authentic and quality products.

He was speaking at the concluding day ceremony of the 14-day National Handloom Expo on Sunday at Tangla in Udalguri.

“The booming global market has paved the way for the village women of Assam to tap the commercial market and take it as income-generating avenue and be economically self- reliant,” he said.

He further said that the traditional designs and motifs in the handloom products of the greater Assamese society always sport a unique identity and charisma.

Assistant Director, Weavers Service Center, Guwahati, Sarbeswar Das stressed on the need of the weavers and entrepreneurs to infuse new economic oxygen by technological up-gradation for handwoven textiles.

Deputy Director of Handloom and Textiles, Assam, Jayanta Dev Sarma dwelt on the need of trending and appealing designs by weavers to suit the changing demand of the buyers.

The Expo organised by BRAWFED in collaboration with the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, was participated by 61 stalls from Assam including other parts of the country.

Besides a theme pavilion were also put where hand-woven products were put to display.

According to sources the National Handloom Expo recorded Rs 1.2 crores business during the 13-day period.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com