Aizawl, Oct 5: 3-day Handloom & Handicraft Exhibition here in front of Vanapa Hall in the heart of Aizawl city, organised by Hnam Chhantu Pawl, began today.
This time, over 40 different local products are exhibited of which new items- bamboo-made bowl and Sofa made of wood and ropes are major attraction for the visitors.
Trade & Commerce Minister H. Rohluna inaugurated the exhibition as Chief Guest.
Appreciating the organizers, Minister H. Rohluna said it is thankful that local-made necessary materials and tools are exhibited for easy purchase by the people who need them. Saying that the Mizos are skilful, he urged the local artisans to go for good quality products.
He also urged the local artisans to not depend only on Hnam Chhantu Pawl but try to stand by themselves.
Reminding them of the reliability of Handloom & Handicraft for livelihood, the Minister asked the local artisans to think of and come up with such products which shall cater the need of the people. It is also necessary that the products are lasting and also attractive for the buyers, he said. The mindset to make profit at once should not be there, he added. The Minister, in the meantime, asked the local artisans to cooperate with the initiatives of Hnam Chhantu Pawl State so as to keep pace with the progress level of neighbouring States. Rualkhumi, Director, KVIC also graced the Exhibition inaugural programme. She dwelt on how the Mizos began and have come to make Handloom & Handicraft their means of livelihood, mentioning that the government also provides loan to beginners.
The Chief of Hnam Chhantu Pawl Ramhmangaiha on his part said that self sufficiency for Mizoram is their main objective.
Hnam Chhantu Pawl at first functioned as Non-governmental Organisation and was registered under Firms & Society. It has exported its products within and outside India including China, South America, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and England. At present, it has 20 Regular workers and 50 assistants. It has its office at C. Pahlira building, Upper Republic here in Aizawl.