7th Aug 2020 11:08:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: On the eve of the 6th National Handloom Day on Friday the state’s department of Textile and Handicrafts announced the names of the best weavers and artisans of Arunachal Pradesh.
Governor (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) interacted with the weavers, artisans, entrepreneurs and officials of the department through a videoconference here from the Raj Bhavan. Secretary, Textile and Handicrafts Swapnil M Naik officially announced the names of the awardees on the occasion. In the Best Weaver category, Maloni Lego of Roing received the first prize. The second prize was also bagged by Roing which went to Seema Meena. Nabam Yapi from Yupia received the 3rd prize.
In the Best Artisan category, Lika Ori from Aalo received the first prize, Siring Yong Singho from Namsai the second and the third prize went to Lobsang Rinchin from Bomdila.
The first prize carries a cash reward of Rs. 75,000, 2nd prize Rs. 65,000 and the 3rd prize Rs. 50,000 along with memento and certificate.
Extending her greetings on the occasion to the state’s weavers, artisans and entrepreneurs promoting indigenous handloom, the First Lady of the state Neelam Misra also conveyed her good wishes to all the Arunachalee women engaged in traditional weaving.
Terming the designs and patterns of Arunachalee traditional weaving as “unique, attractive, exclusive and one of its kind in the world,” the First Lady who herself has been practicing loin loom weaving said the legacy of the oldest indigenous artisan skills in Arunachal is alive among its womenfolk as it has been passed down from generation to generation successfully.  While making a special mention of the wide variety of handlooms where every tribe in the state has their own colours and designs symbolizing their respective identity, she however expressed concern about the onslaught of modernization and the changing social norms that are tending to alter the tradition of loin loom weaving in families. “Lest it leads to the disappearance of our indigenous arts and crafts and severs the age-old family financial support source for the tribal ladies, we must, in the public interest, revive it,” the First Lady said.

Underscoring the need for preserving the tradition, she called upon the state’s womenfolk, especially the educated young girls to adopt the indigenous art, craft and skill of loin loom weaving as a hobby.
"Let us preserve the gift of our forebears and promote traditional weaving as advocated by the Father of the Nation as a tribute to him," the First Lady appealed.

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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