GUWAHATI, June 20: In a noble initiative, SIDBI organised an exposure visit for artisans on June 18 and 19. 25 artisans, including 18 women, who are basically handloom weavers, belonging to ST category of Bodo and Rabha communities from Silikhabari village, Sonitpur district, and Baminigaon village, Kamrup district of Assam were taken to the handloom cluster of Sualkuchi, Kamrup to provide them exposure to modern manufacturing practices highlighting the importance of quality management, design inputs, raw material handling and efficient production systems.
During the visit, on Day 1 the weavers saw large scale production happening at Nath Industries operating 75 jacquard looms and Bastra Udyan operating 60 Jacquard looms. The artisans were then taken to a graphic design center viz. Thowlin Graphics Ghar for design inputs. Apart from logistics, overnight stay of artisans at Sualkuchi was also arranged by SIDBI.
On Day 2, the artisans were taken to two weaving centres viz. Jaya Silk Factory and Dandiram Das Silk Factory for knowledge sharing on quality weaving techniques. Thereafter they were taken to the raw material market to familiarise the artisans and provide guidance to them on choosing quality raw material. The exposure visit was coordinated by DRISHTEE Foundation, a reputed PAN-India NGO, also operating in Assam. The visiting group also included two certified trainers of TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited, operating under Ministry of Tribal Affairs).