GUWAHATI, Nov 9 � Dulal Choudhury, the innovator of the mechanized weaving process of muga silk fabric, has made another innovation. This time, the innovator, who has two muga-related patents in his name, has innovated a simple but effective process for producing eri knitting yarn.
The yarn, which is fluffy and light, can be used to produce modern apparels like fine scarves, sweaters etc. Choudhury has by this time used this yarn to knit caps. The yarn, produced through Choudhury�s method, can be dyed and both vegetable and chemical paints can be used to colour it. The innovator is now contemplating steps to get his new process protected under the Intellectual Property Rights.
Lack of a proper technology to use eri yarn for diverse products has so far been making a huge portion of the State�s eri cocoons redundant for its own people. The innovation is expected to initiate a revolution in the eri sector of the State, which is the largest eri cocoon producer in the country.
It needs mention here that like muga, eri is also a part of the wonderful, eco-friendly sericulture heritage of the State�s people.
But the traditional eri yarn is heavier and non-fluffy and hence not suitable for producing hand or machine-knitted modern day warm clothes like caps, sweaters, mufflers etc.
This made eri fabric outmoded for the new generations of the State�s people and thus the future of this wonderful sericulture item became bleak. Other parts of the country and the globe are so far taking advantage of this situation by exploiting the State�s �superfluous� eri cocoons for producing their blended designer clothes.
To bring an end to this sorry state of affairs, Choudhury has developed the process for producing eri knitting yarn. He told this correspondent that he was pained by the young generations� rejection of the traditional eri products.
Moreover, a statement made by the State Government in the last Assembly session attributing the impossibility of going for diverse eri products to the absence of a suitable technology, made him keener on developing a suitable method for producing eri knitting yearn, Choudhury said.
The method developed by him is useful for the common people of Assam in knitting modern warm clothes solely with eri silk for the satisfaction of the new generation people, Choudhury claimed.
The State Government, the Departments of Handloom, Textile and Sericulture and Panchayat and Rural Development to be precise, may use the process innovated by Choudhury for the benefit of the common people.