Over the years a number of factors and forces and changes in market have affected the weaving community of the country to such an extent that it has become now imperative to evolve schemes and projects for their survival. With the support of National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC), State Handloom Directorate has identified 43 nos of mini handloom clusters for development of weaving communities. NHDC is supporting these clusters by supplying their desired varieties of yarn with utilising yarn corpus fund of 3 lakh funded by Government of India and 7 lakh funded by Government of Odisha, said Sri Debendra Prasad Das, Director of Textiles & Handlooms, inaugurating a Buyer-Seller Meet held at National Handloom Expo premises at IDCO Exhibition Ground.
For creating awareness among the handloom weavers of Odisha about the various counts and varieties of yarn manufactured by different spinning mills in different parts of India and also availing and uses of different dyes and chemicals in handloom sector manufactured by reputed dyes and chemicals manufacturers, a buyer-seller meet was organised by NHDC in association with Boyonika. A threadbare deliberation was held with the objective that weaving community in the state facing problems and difficulties in getting quality and different varieties of yarn, dyes and chemicals for their end products to challenge the domestic and global market.
Among others Sri S. Bandopadhyaya, Regional Manager, NHDC, Sri S.K Patra, Deputy Director, Weavers Service Centre, Dasarathi Nanda, Dy Director Textiles, Sri Bibhu Prasad Sarangi, MD, Boyanika also spoke on the occasion. Buyers, sellers, vendors, representatives of raw material Banks, Cluster Development Executives, Dyes Manufacturers and Secretary of different weavers co-operative societies attended and participated in the interaction session.