MANGALDAI, April 8 - Much to the relief of the promising local artisans of Darrang, who have been in search of an organised market for handloom made Bihuwan at the district headquarter town Mangaldai ahead of the Rongali Bihu festival, the District Handloom and Textile Department with support from the district administration has started an exhibition-cum-sale of Bihuwan called �Gamosa Mela-2018� for the local artisans at Mangaldai town.
The MLA of Mangaldai Gurujyoti Das on Sunday ceremonially opened this week long �Mela� at the Jayanta Hazarika Memorial Park in the presence of artisans, buyers and members of different organisations, besides SHGs and several prominent guests, including Assistant Commissioner Hemashri Khanikar, Assistant Director of the Handloom and Textile Department of Darrang Bipul Jyoti Kalita, LDM PK Goswami, Chairman of Mangaldai Municipal Board Pratap Bordoloi, lady entrepreneurs Upasana Deka and Sewali Goswami Kalita, among others.
In his address, MLA Das appealed to the potential local artisans to take up this trade commercially in order to meet the ever burgeoning market demand and thus stop the illegal market of powerloom-made products imported from outside the State, including from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Our Tinsukia Correspondent adds: In an operation led by Executive Magistrate JK Rajbongshi, a large number of machine-made gamusas that were imported from outside Assam for selling during the ensuing Rongali Bihu were seized from Mahabir Cloth Store at Makum on Saturday.
The drive was initiated jointly by the District Handloom and Textile Department and Sales Takes Department for safeguarding the collective interests of the local weavers.