Showcasing intricate designs prepared by weavers through traditional methods, a five-day long production-cum-expo was recently organized by the Manipur Male Weavers and Transgender at the Brahmapur Nahabam Community Hall in Imphal.
"In Manipur, male weavers have always been there. However, since the weaving is mostly done by females and we generally have a concept that female can only do the weaving works. That is why; male weavers were never exposed nor had a platform to showcase their designs. So today, we are promoting and creating a platform for male weavers to showcase their creations," said Ningthoujam Uma, Convener of the expo.
Traditional wear and yarn, pure cotton and silk saris, blouse, shawl and other western outfits were on display at the expo.
The expo gave a platform to craftsmen to showcase their designs, apart from creating opportunities for business outside the state.
"I feel so proud and happy to be part of this show. Initially, I was not aware such expo that we can showcase our designs. Through some of my friends who are part of the organizers, I came to know and that way I participated in this show. I got good response from the visitors and they like our designs," said Thounaojam Romi, designer.
"I am happy to be part of this show. And I am sure this particular show where the male weavers of Manipur are also participating and showcasing their designs, will definitely send out a message of equality across the country," said Inao Singh, a weaver.
Such events not only help in promotion and development of handloom products, but also give exposure to weavers and craftsmen.
The expo envisaged to further broaden and intensify the growth of the handloom industry in the state.
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