Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attending Sipini Samaroh-2021. – UB Photos

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 13: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today attended a sipini samaroh (weavers’ conclave) organised by the Handloom and Textiles department, at Sarusajai Sports Complex and said that weavers of Assam must strive to create demand of their products at the national and international levels. He also stressed the need to keep the State’s handloom market under the control of the local weavers.

Saying that weavers must become ‘atmanirbhar’ through economic independence, Sonowal stated that Assam is home to the largest number of weavers in the country and efforts must be taken to develop the standard of indigenous materials like eri and muga. Handloom holds the key for strengthening the state’s economy and survey of production, value addition and marketing chain must be conducted to estimate the requirement of clothing materials, he said.

The Chief Minister also laid stress on incorporating innovations of science and technology in handloom weaving and said that value addition must be done with creative thinking to enhance the appeal of the products. Sonowal said that the State’s biodiversity and natural beauty must be reflected by the handloom products and the State’s Handloom department participated not only in domestic but also in trade fairs in Bangladesh.

He called on the weavers to strive for capturing the markets of Bangladesh along with other neighbouring countries and stressed on the need to incorporate latest technologies while not depending solely on traditional techniques. Sonowal said that an example has to be set for women empowerment through development of textile industry in the State. He also said that the younger generation has to be motivated to get involved in the textile industry. He said that if dedicated efforts are put in place to unlock the true potential then only handloom can grow rapidly.

Handloom and Textiles Minister Ranjit Dutta said that the handloom and textiles sector is the biggest employer after agriculture and highlighted steps taken by the State government like setting up of handloom training centres, providing threads at subsidised rates and opening of thread banks etc.