Manipur celebrates National Handloom Day

Imphal: Manipur celebrated National Handloom Day 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 Calcutta Town Hall.

The directorate of handloom and textiles celebrated the day at the conference hall, Manipur Secretariat in presence of textiles, commerce and industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh.

As part of the celebration the State Award for Handloom and Handicrafts were also distributed.

A coffee table book on Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts and a guideline book for Exports of textile Materials were also released.

Biswajit said celebrating the day alone is not enough and that we should also understand the essence of the day being celebrated today. The main objective of this celebration is to create awareness on handloom, its importance, usage and the employment generation.

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, he added.

Biswajit, who is also the government spokesperson, appealed to the people to follow the guidelines for lockdown relaxation.

He said we cannot predict when Covid will end and so we have to fight it by properly following the SOP issued by the government so as to not only protect ourselves but also our own family and society.

Covid doesn’t discriminate; however, we should not panic and also ensure that we don’t discriminate against anyone during this pandemic, the minister said.

He said it is really unfortunate that some of our frontline workers like the doctors and police have been affected by Covid and we should also pray for their safe recovery and well-being.

He urged all to follow the SOP and wear mask, wash hands frequently, etc. The government, he said, needs the cooperation of all sections of the society in the fight against the pandemic.

The Coffee table book is released as part of the celebration 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, he said.

The coffee table book published in association with the Indian Express Group has photographs with brief history on traditional dresses and costumes of different communities of the state.

Further continuing that we should create our own platform to showcase and highlight our culture, tradition, beauty, he said we should pledge to promote and use our local products.

State awards to outstanding three weavers and five artisans were conferred with cash award of Rs 1 lakh each for 2019-20. Merit awards to three weavers and 15 artisans with 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 at Rs 4.40 lakh each were also distributed to two state Awardees of 2018-19 for producing their award winning products on commercial scale.

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