GUWAHATI, June 27 - Two books written in Assamese on two separate topics were released at two different functions here on Sunday. One of them was Bastra Katha on the textile industry, while the other one was Ni-Hao-Ma: Ronga Dregonar Deshat, a travelogue.
Bastra Katha is a compilation of articles penned by textile expert Dr Jayanta Deva Sarma. It deals with topics like the textile industry of the State, traditional textiles, Assamese gamocha, silk industry and dyeing, application of design and dye in clothes, worshipping of handlooms during the Durga Puja, role of handloom sector in socio-cultural development of Assam, and the role played by the Handloom Research and Designing Centre of the Handloom and Textiles Directorate of the State in the development of the textile sector, among others.
Releasing the book at a function held at the Guwahati Press Club, Director of Handloom and Textiles Kabita Deka described the textile culture of Assam as a unique one. The gamocha and muga clothes of Assam are famous at the international level too, she added.
Releasing Ni-Hao-Ma: Ronga Dregonar Deshat authored by Tapan Kumar Sarma, a senior teacher of North Guwahati College, as a travelogue on his visit to neighbouring China, Dr Jogendranath Phukan described the travelogue as good as fiction. It has focused on various important aspects of China and the life of the Chinese people. The meaning of Chinese Ni-Hao-Ma is �Are you alright�.
The function to release this book was held at the Kanaklal Borooah Auditorium of the State Museum.