Namchi, 6th March (IPR): A Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 organized by the Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, Government of Sikkim is underway at Courtyard premises of Namchi Community Hall. The Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 is under the aegis of National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) and is sponsored by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Government of Sikkim.
The Expo was inaugurated by Advisor, Power and Energy Department Mr. Gangan Rai also present were Director- Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom Ms. Jyotsna M. Kartak, Joint Director Marketing Mr. Karma S. Bhutia, Deputy Director (South) Ms. Pramila Rai and officials from the Handloom & Handicraft department alongside HoDs from various departments of South District.
The Chief Guest Mr. Gagan Rai visited the various stalls put up at the expo, observed live demonstration of handloom weaving and also took a brief tour of the theme pavilion displaying different handloom products from various parts of Sikkim.
The expo has a total number of 30 stalls allocated to various weavers, sellers, SHG and Cooperative Societies from Manipur, Ladakh, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. The aim of this Expo is to provide a platform for weavers, sellers and buyers to converge and create awareness to the handloom sector as an employment and income generation industry. Additionally, the Governments vision and policy of creating a sustainable cottage industry in every home and village is disseminated in a proactive manner by the concerned officials to the participants and the public visiting the expo. It may be also be mentioned here that the expo will continue till 21st March.