DERGAON, March 21 - The 12-day national level Handloom Expo 2017-18, organised by the Directorate of Handloom and Textiles, Government of Assam, was inaugurated by Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia at Golaghat General Field here on Tuesday, a press release issued by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Golaghat, stated.
The expo is being organised in collaboration with the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, under the North Eastern Region Textile Promotion Scheme. In his inaugural speech, MLA Mrinal Saikia said that the event was a good initiative taken by the government to encourage and promote the weavers of the State and such events pave the way for interchange of ideas and technology among the weaver community.
He urged all the weavers to avail facilities from the government schemes and initiatives which are meant for the benefit of the weavers of the State.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director of Handloom and Textiles, Bishnu Kamal Borah, said that the objective behind holding such an expo was to provide a platform for weavers across the State to come together and exchange ideas and discuss about the latest technological developments in the field.
Besides, providing the cooperative societies and weavers a potential market to showcase and sell their products, such an event also gives the weavers the opportunity to understand the demands of the customers, the Director added.
The Deputy Director of Handloom and Textiles, Jayanta Kumar Das, in his welcome address, said that weavers from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Rajasthan are also taking part in the expo which will continue till March 31.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhiraj Das, Superintendent of Handloom and Textiles Abdul Hai and District Information and Public Relations Officer Neena Baruah were also present in the programme.
A cultural programme was also held to mark the occasion.