Tura, December 18: With a view to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Handloom Cluster Expo cum Fashion Show was organized by the Department of Textiles, Government of Meghalaya at Tree House Resort, Tura yesterday evening.
Chairman of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Tura Denang T Sangma graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Denang T Sangma congratulated the department for organizing such events to promote traditional handloom materials and also create opportunity for the weavers of the region to market their products both domestically and internationally.
Further, he said that this kind of platform which focuses on promoting the fashion industry would also encouraged the designers and budding models of the region to join the sector.
Moreover, he urged the weavers of the region to preserve and continue to carry on with their special skills of weaving and designing and take the industry to greater heights.
In his keynote address, Joint Director, Department of Textiles I A Diengdoh stated that the Handloom Sector in the State of Meghalaya is one of the oldest industry which has been passed on from generation to generation and represents the rich cultural heritage of the people of the region.
He also informed that it is women based industry and is the second largest employment provider after agriculture in the rural areas of the state adding that about 50, 000 families in the state are involved either directly or indirectly in various activities of handloom like rearing, spinning, dyeing, weaving, marketing and to some extent fashion.
Stating that fashion is one of the marketing strategies of handmade fabric in our state, it aims to promote the growth and development of small scale industrial sector in the region and encourage designers to brand their traditional handloom products and create Meghalaya as the ‘Design Hub’ in Fashion Sector of the State and promote sustainable business models for fashion design and manufacturing industry.
Beautiful and exclusive collections of Eri and Muga fabric materials designed by the respective Textile designers of the department were displayed by models at the fashion show. Eri and Cotton collection from West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills district was designed by Textile Designers and Cluster Development Executives while Ri Bhoi district also displayed exclusive Eri collection fabrics. The North Garo hills district displayed the traditional Garo and Rabha costume while Eri collection from Sericulture and Cotton fabric from Handloom was displayed from East Garo Hills district.
Deputy Director, Department of Textiles, West Garo Hills, C B Sangma, District Handloom Officer, West Garo Hills G R Marak, Zonal Officer, Weaving, Tura F Pariat, District Officials, staff of the department of Textiles was among others present at the function.