Thesynergyonline Economic Bureau, December 21, 2009

THE office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textile is organising Handloom Clusters Expo at Handloom Pavilion, Pragati Maidan here from December 21 to 28, 2009.

For the first time the ministry is celebrating ‘Handloom Week’ from December 21 to 27, 2009. During this period handloom expos, fashion shows, dyeing-cum-design workshops, buyers- sellers meets health camps etc are being organised in the different parts of the country to create awareness and to promote handlooms in the interest of handloom weavers and also to protect the heritage of the country.

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India Ahmedabad has been functioning as national resource agency for development of 20 clusters .

As part of the ‘Handloom Week’ the Handloom Clusters Expo is being organised to showcase the first and exclusive handloom products developed by 20 handloom clusters taken up in 2006–07 under the integrated handloom cluster development scheme of the offifce of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textile for their integrated and holistic development.

Each cluster will be developed in a timeframe of 4 years at an upper cost of Rs 2.00 crore. covering about 5,000 handloom per cluster. During the exhibition, the handloom products ar e also available for sales.

Handloom Clusters expo is participated by the 20 handloom clusters which are implemented by the different agencies.

The expo will display and sell handloom silk sarees,garments, shawls, stoles, scarves, dupattas, home furnishings including bedsheets and covers, fabrics, rugs and mats, kitchen linen, hand towels and napkins etc.

In addition there is a Handloom Clusters Gallery which provides a glimpse of the interventions so far in the 20 clusters under the progamme.
The expo also lilve demonstrates weaving for handloom, cloth printing and computer aided textile designing .

With this exhibition, it is expected to give an exposure of the clusters of the market trend, enhance awareness to the concerned about the cluster programme, generate demand, support marketing of the handloom products of 20 clusters etc.

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