SRINAGAR: Divisional commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon on Monday constituted a “powerful’ committee for the upliftment of Rs 800 crore Pashmina industry, a handout released by state’s information department said.
The panel would be headed the divisional commissioner himself while as senior officers of handicrafts, handloom, SICOP, CDI, KVIB, JK Khadi Board, Govt Arts Emporium, FCIK, Chamber of Industries and Commerce and deputy commissioner, Leh, would be its members.
The decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting of the Dr Samoon with the representatives of Kashmir Economic Alliance [KEA] about the revival of original pashmina industry.
KEA representatives informed Dr Samoon that one of Kashmir’s oldest handicraft legends and legacy, the pashmina, is threatened by its imitations as the high-priced handmade fabric is increasingly being eased out from markets by its cheap, machine-made namesake. They alleged that scores of influential traders have introduced spinning machines and power looms despite a ban imposed upon their use by the government. Moreover, this spurious pashmina gives a bad name to the original handmade Kashmiri pashmina which is known for its superior quality all over the globe.
Dr. Samoon directed spurious pashmina shawls would be replaced by the Kashmir-patented hand-woven original pashmina shawls. This would boost in pashmina manufacturing in the state and will also ensure respect and substantial remuneration to the weavers. He further directed to compile a district-wise survey about pashmina weavers, so that awareness programmes will be conducted for their upliftment.