The state observed August 7 as National Handloom Day at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Shillong Campus, Umsawli in which Textile Minister Paul Lyngdoh was the Chief Guest. He informed that in a couple of months handloom products of Meghalaya will be showcased at Milan, Italy, the fashion capital of Europe. The minister said that the state has no dearth of creativity and talent besides its rich tapestry. Lyngdoh and officials of the department released a coffee table book of the Meghalaya silk titled Woven Narratives and also unveiled the state’s textile map.

According to dictionary a loom is a machine or device from which a textile is produced by interweaving thread or yarn at right angles. Clearly handloom is a loom operated by hands unlike power-loom which is mechanically processed. Handloom forms a precious part of tribal legacy and exemplifies the richness and eco-friendly heritage of the state in which the weavers exhibit their proficiency that has been traditionally practised all along. Meghalaya is quite rich in this sector because our people, mostly women, had been involved in this profession since ages.


Weavers aged above 70 years were felicitated during celebration of National Handloom Day on August 7 at the campus of Sericulture & Weaving, Garobadha in South West Garo Hills which was organised by the District Handloom Office, West Garo Hills with the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ampati, Y.W.Momin as chief guest. The District Handloom Officer of Tura and Ampati, G.R.Marak and his counter-part from Williamnagar, Deepak Hajong including other officials of the department as well as hundreds of weavers from across the district were present on the occasion. The ADC Momin handed awards of appreciation to six weavers aged over 70 for their efforts and encouragement to young entrepreneurs as their products are not only used locally but also exported. Eri and silk yarns were also distributed to registered weavers from across the district as part of celebration.

In West Jaintia Hills district similar programme was held at Mukhap CFC-cum-Production Centre in which Mowkaiaw MLA Nujorki Sungoh was the chief guest and Deputy Commissioner B.S.Sohliya as guest of honour. Nongpoh MLA Mayral Born Syiem, speaking at the programme at Nongpoh, Ri Bhoi district stressed for Geographical Indication (GI) for Ryndia productsof Sericulture & Weaving.

Commissioner & Secretary Textiles Department F.R.Kharkongor expressed satisfaction at the progress of handloom products and wished everybody a grand success.In his address he reminded that the products of the state have unique history of their own which reflect heritage, sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, eco-friendly process and the spirit of cooperation. Awards were also presented to various individuals and all those involved.