Local artisans and weavers of Manipur now have a chance to display their products at the ongoing National Handloom Expo, 2019-20 after the Covid-19 induced lockdown almost brought their businesses to a grinding halt.

These weavers and artisans have displayed their varied handloom and handicraft products at the 15-day expo that is underway at the Urban Haat in Nilakuthi in the district.

State minister for trade, commerce and industry, Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the expo on Thursday.

The Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans CS Ltd organized the expo that has been sponsored by the development commissioner for handlooms under the ministry of textiles.

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During his visit to the expo, the minister said it is necessary to preserve age-old traditions and culture in order to usher in development in the society.

He also stressed on enhancing the industrial sector as this will help in the production of products of superior quality, thereby helping the weavers and artisans to access a global market for their products.

The loom is an essential part of the state’s age-old tradition in both the hills and valley as it has enabled many people in earning a livelihood,” a report quoted Singh as saying.

While industrialization undoubtedly plays an important role in economic growth, human resources play a major role in the proper utilization of the rich natural resources that Manipur is endowed with.

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