MANGALDAI, April 17 - Handloom-woven gamusas produced by the local weavers of the district registered brisk sales at the Handloom & Textiles Department-sponsored seven-day �Gamusa Mela 2018� organised at the Bor Pukhuri Paar here on the eve of Rongali Bihu.
Having evoked encouraging response from the buyers, besides handloom and handicraft lovers here, the seven-day Mela registered a sale of Rs 4 lakh within a week. The overwhelming response from the buyers has once again proved the demand and love for hand-woven gamusas, besides other handloom-woven dress material.
As the prospective buyers thronged the mela venue from 10 am to 10 pm every day, it inspired the weavers to get themselves more deeply involved in traditional weaving.
Spurred on by Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Chakraborty coordinated the matter with the Assistant Director of Handloom & Textiles Department Bipul Kalita along with the involvement of Ekata Bandhan, an NGO working on the handloom sector, that the Gamusa Mela was organised with an intention to offer a business-cum-exposure platform to the promising local artisans of Darrang district who were in search of an organised market for handloom-woven Bihuwaan at the district headquarter town ahead of the Rongali Bihu festival.
Housewife Himadree Choudhury, who is involved in the weaving sector and leads the NGO named Ekata Bandhan as its secretary, appreciated the initiative of the district administration and the Handloom & Textiles Department for organising such a unique mela to boost up the spirits of the often neglected weavers who mostly lived in distant rural pockets of the district.
�We have not compromised on the quality of our products and today we are happy to receive overwhelming response from every section of the society while selling gamusas and other handloom products in our stall,� said Himadree Choudhury while flashing a ear-to-ear smile.
She informed that they were planning to unite all the interested weavers into one single cluster so that they can earn their livelihood with the traditional handloom products of the State.
�If theGovernment allots us a plot of suitable land, we are going to form a cooperative society so that all the weavers of the district can ensure their earning by weaving �dreams� in thir handlooms,� she added, while talking to this Correspondent.