6th Aug 2022 11:08:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: First Lady Neelam Misra attended the curtain raiser fashion show event to mark the 8th National Handloom Day celebration and to commemorate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ as chief guest at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre, Itanagar on Saturday. The show was organized by the Department of Textile and Handicrafts, which aims to exhibit main tenets of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady called upon the people, especially womenfolk to preserve and promote traditional loin loom weaving to mark the cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh. 
"It is the gift of our forebears," she said, while stating that Loin Loom weaving is one of the oldest indigenous artisan skills, or more appropriately a legacy passed down, generation after generation, to the womenfolk of Arunachal Pradesh. 
"It has been an inalienable part of our ladies’ household chores. Lest it disappears from our indigenous mindset and severs the age-old family financial support source for the tribal ladies, we must, in the public interest, revive it," she said.
Misra who learned loin loom weaving herself after coming to Arunachal Pradesh, said that traditional attires and loin loom weaving should give pride to our young sisters. 
She said it should become a fashion amongst the contemporary dress circles to claim that they are supporting and actively participating in our traditional weaving culture. 
Promoting Khadi, she said that fusion  fashion of old and new will be a trendsetter and facilitate in taking our traditional weaving items from local to global. 
She stressed on linking the Self Help Groups with the market so that it supports women empowerment and Atma Nirbharata. She called for support from business houses.
Director (Textile & Handicrafts) Haj Dodung and Director (Sericulture) Barnali Sur also spoke on the occasion.
Models from Miss Arunachal organization walked the ramp and displayed attires, designed and weaved by the First Lady. The Department of Textile and Handicrafts showcased the traditional attires of different tribes produced by the Department, while the Department of Sericulture presented Ahimsa Silk apparels. The participating Self Help Groups also presented their collection in the fashion show.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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