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Nagaland aiming to reach out to bigger markets through handloom sector

December 2, 2010 - Dimapur

The Government of Nagaland continues to host exhibitions to enable artisans and crafts persons to reach a bigger market.

Recently, a handloom expo was held in Dimapur to promote the state's rural weavers.

"We live in a village and weave clothes. But we don't have many buyers in rural areas. Such expos in the cities are very helpful as we get an opportunity to market our products and make good money," said Hotoli, a weaver.

The Development Commissioner of Handlooms, Dimapur and Union Ministry of Textiles organized the Handloom Expo jointly.

Over 40 stalls showcased different handicraft items, providing a wider platform to local talent.

Visitors thronged the expo to buy hand-made bedcovers, artificial jewellery, gift items, bamboo made items and furniture. Many of these artisans are working with NGOs' and self help groups.

"Our main objective is to promote local entrepreneurs. Since we don't have access to a bigger market, we are trying to provide a platform to small entrepreneurs through such fairs. They can develop business contacts with the buyers. The main objective of the expo is to promote local entrepreneurs, self-help groups and NGOs," said Konole Kin, one of the organizer's of the event.

The visitors appreciated the work of local artisans and said they wanted such events to be held more frequently throughout the year.

"To organize a national Expo is a good idea by the government. As it provides the right platform for local entrepreneurs, more such expos must be held in Nagaland. I believe such expos should be given greater publicity so that more buyers can come and develop contacts with the local entrepreneurs," said Khekho, a visitor at the expo.

The northeast has talented artisans who are looking for a bigger platform to reach out to more buyers, and exhibitions like this one, are of great help to them.


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