Inaugurates 12-day National Handloom Expo Dast-e-Hunar
SRINAGAR: Minister for Industries and Commerce (I&C), Chander Prakash Ganga inaugurated National Handloom Expo Dast-e-Hunar at Kashmir Haat here on Monday. The aim of the expo is to encourage JK artisans and offer them an avenue to market their finished goods to a broader market, an official press note read.
Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi was also present on the occasion.
The 12-day expo is sponsored by Development Commissioner for Handlooms and Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India (GoI), and J&K Directorate of Handloom Department and is organised by Esquire Handloom WICS Ltd.
Development Commissioner for Handloom and Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, GoI, Shantmanu, was also present on the occasion.
According to the press note, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga, thanked the development commissioner for handlooms and handicrafts for his keen interest in resuming the exercise of expos in the state and for authorising four such expos to be held in the state in 2018.
The expos held outside the state would also see participation by JK weavers in near future and that modalities for the same were being worked out with the Development Commissioner for Handloom and Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, GoI, the press note read.
Ganga congratulated artisans for their brilliant work and emphasised the need for innovations in design. He also emphasised the importance of marketability, impressing upon the artisans to keep marketability in mind when designing their goods.
Ganga also said all possible efforts were being made to ensure identification of authentic Kashmiri products being marked by GI (geographical indication) certification.
The expo, being held after three years, will see some 60 handloom and handicraft societies exhibit their finished goods showcased on 46 different stalls set up at the Haat.
The expo also includes live demonstration of handloom weaving, pashmina spinning and Kani shawl weaving. The expo is one of the two being held in the state this year, added the press note.