SILCHAR: Singerband has earned laurels for its exquisitely designed variety of handloom products that are in high demand. It has also set an example of sustainable development to make the people of south Assam proud.
Singerband is a Manipuri-dominated village. Located beside the River Barak in Lakhipur sub-division of Cachar, this hamlet is 30 km away from Silchar.
The Assistant Director of Cachar Handloom & Textiles and also Chairman of the consortium of committee of the Singerband cluster development project, L. Harilal Singha said, "The project initiated two years ago emphasises on upgraded and the latest looms and accessories by arranging training programmes for the weavers to develop their skill and artistry."
With a view to encourage, the weavers are sponsored for fairs, exhibitions, exposure visits as well as buyer-seller meets to establish direct market linkage, besides providing them margin money for quality productivity and income generation. Speaking about the vision and mission of the project, the Assistant Director said, "The concentration is on focused, flexible and holistic approach to meet the challenges of domestic and national market. The focus is also on innovative designs and product diversification to cope up with the market demand."
The secretary of the project, who is also the Inspector of Handloom & Textiles, Ng Alina Singha said, "Our products are wide and varied ranging from plain and check-designed gamosas to mekhela, phanek mayek naiba, laishingphee, bedsheets, floral, striped and check designed cotton sarees and than, suitings and shirting fabrics to yoga mats, door window curtains and many more."
Significantly, a three-day exhibition of handloom and textile products organized under the cluster development project at Singerband that was inaugurated by ADC Jecica Lalsim and Chairperson of the District Development Commission, concluded on Monday. The exhibition attracted many admirers of handloom products, giving an indication that the prospect of this traditional cottage industry is bright.
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