Gangtok,1st December 2022 (IPR): The State Handloom Expo 2022-2023 commenced at the premises of the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Zero point, Gangtok.
Organized by the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms Department, Government of Sikkim under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) the expo is scheduled to be held till 15th December 2022.
The expo was inaugurated by Shri H. K. Sharma, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Sikkim in the presence of Smt Binita Thapa, Director, DHH, Shri Tshering Dorjee Bhutia, Deputy Director, DHH, Officers and staff of Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom Department, Zero Point, Gangtok.
Shri H K Sharma visited the stalls and interacted with the participants and expressed keen interest in various hand-woven products displayed for sale. He said that this is the first Mega Handloom Expo that is being organized by the department providing a direct marketing platform for Weavers, sellers and buyers to converge and create awareness in the handloom sector as an employment and income-generating industry.
He stated that the expo aims to facilitate and make local weavers aware through various programs and to facilitate the consumer to purchase genuine handloom fabrics woven by local artisans. He further expressed that it is the Government’s vision and policy of creating a sustainable cottage industry in the State.
He anticipated that many people would visit the expo to encourage local weavers and expected the event to stimulate a trade of culture between different parts of the country.
The expo featured a total number of 60 stalls including representation from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and stalls of local weavers/SHGs from the State.
Local weavers and SHGs from different corners of the state exhibited their Handloom items for sale. These include Sany Weavers, Hee Bermoik (West Sikkim), AMU Sakchum Self Help Group, Upper Dzongu (North Sikkim), Goam Kitam Suntaley Cluster, Self Help Group,(South Sikkim), Ralung Handlooms SHG, West Pendam, Arithang Machila Kalyankari Sangh, Gangtok District, and Trishna, Self Help Group, Pani House Gangtok.
The expo gives a platform for handlooms and handicraft industries to highlight the products made by weavers/ local people. Products like carpets, saris, bed sheets and various other items were highlighted at the fair.
Participants took the opportunity for marketing their respective products to the visitors and sell them.
The expo is an annual feature of Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd and it is proving a boon to weavers as their products are sold in large numbers. It also provides a readymade marketing platform for the local weaver’s SHGs and PUCs.
This year the State Mega Handloom Expo 2022-23 has a mixture of culture and business blended together.