SHILLONG, Aug 17 - Weavers in Meghalaya joined their counterpart throughout the country in celebrating the launch of the First National Handloom Day at an event held at Nongpoh in Ri-Bhoi district recently.
In a small but impressive event it was informed that Meghalaya has over 32,000 weavers and their number was growing with government assistance. SK Barchung, Joint Director of State Sericulture department said that the State has nine handloom clusters. Six of these are in Garo Hills, two in Ri-Bhoi and one in Jaintia Hills district.
�Development of seven clusters has been completed and the process of developing the other two is underway,� Barchung said. Moreover, the Centre has sanctioned 72 new handloom cluster development programmes in the State, he added.