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National handloom expo attract huge buyers-sellers in Tripura

A worker hangs dyed yarn to dry at a textile mill on the outskir

Agartala (Tripura) : Several purchasers turned up at the National Level Handloom Expo at the Purbasha ground where handloom products created by master weavers show cast their products.

The fifteen days National Handloom Expo- 2016 that concluded here was held for the eighteenth time.

Altogether some 60 stalls were opened where seven state including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and home state Tripura have come together to showcase their creative crafts.

Organised jointly by Development Commission for Handlooms, under Ministry of Textiles and Department of Handlooms, Handicraft and Sericulture of Government of Tripura where inimitable silk handloom items are being sold by the weavers, those who produce these products.

Beside handlooms, handicraft items, ornaments and artificial decorative flowers were also on display.

According to the organisers the main aim of this expo is to improve and facilitate the entrepreneurs to come together, create awareness, promote their products and exchange designs and skills through interaction in order to face uneven competition with the power loom industry.

Moreover, the expo would help weavers from different states to explore the design and products of their neighbouring states. Again the producers also get best price of their products as they sell their products directly to the sellers.

Handlooms products from different state of India are the main attraction as the customers generally do not get them here.

“After taking training now some 20 people are engaged in weaving and we got this scope from the government to sell products which sold quite well,” said Hiranmala Debbarma, Handloom Weaver from Tripura.

According to the participants particularly those from outside, Tripura is one of the most peaceful state where the sale is very good and hence they wish to come here every time.

The purchases expressed that the expo being organized is an opportunity for them to get the best products at their doorstep and at reasonable price and full of variety which is generally not a usual phenomenon in this state.

“Tripura is a small state and this type of fair’s where we find participants from outside here we get good products and local beautiful handloom products are also available here. It is not necessary that we are buying everything but also enjoying seeing them. I have bought few bamboo handicraft items and exploring the saris and other products. Till not bought anything but finding them, there is more time,” said Nitya Deb Roy, a customer.

Moreover, the huge gathering of people in the expo is a symbol of the well to do socio-economic condition of the people of the state.

Besides, the unique collection of handloom the purchaser also got an opportunity to witness the entire process of handloom production and weaving of cloths.

According to an estimate there are around 1.4 lakh handloom weavers in Tripura out of the total 76 lakh in India. (ANI)

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