NGO ‘Satirtha’ in Dhekiajuli town paves way for income through handloom and textile industry

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The project aims at preserving the originality of traditional attires

HT Correspondent

Tezpur, Nov 24: Lesser known Balisiha-Bhalukdhara area in Dhekiajuli town becomes a ‘ray of hope’ through a newly begun big budget handloom-textile industry, under NGO ‘Satirtha’, in which over 30 local skilled weavers have been able to find a way of livelihood during this Covid-19 induced tough economic times. The ambitious project started with self-finance of Rs. 15 lacs arranged among the members including 35 general and 30 weaver members and only with 17 handlooms in an eight bighas of land area at Balisiha-Bhalukdhara. It was formally inaugurated on 5th October, this year, by Education minister Dr. Ranoj Pegu and minister for Irrigation, Housing & Urban Affairs, Ashok Singhal.

It is to be mentioned here that the project under the chairmanship of social worker, Rupjyoti Patangia is now becoming a boon and inspiration for many in the area.

Secretary and the treasurer of the organisation respectively Rupjyoti Patangia, Kandarpa Borah and Prashanta Sarmah said apprising their project that the project was an output of a positive vision of few academically bright students of the 1987 Matric batch of Dhekiajuli High School. They wanted to do something better to prove that Assamese youth too had it in them to do something good for the society. The trio also informed that over thirty skilled women labourers from the area were engaged in different private companies across the country including Maharashtra, Delhi and Chennai, who then lost their jobs during the pandemic and had to remain jobless.

Many of such migrated skilled labourers are now engaged here contributing largely to the industry and also earning a livelihood for their families. They said that the project has started production to grab their place the market and they are hopeful enough that they would be able to preserve the originality of the prestigious traditional attires and garments like gamusa, sadar-mekhela, pat-muga, aronai, dokhona and other tribal attires, even though the market has been saturated with duplicate products since a few years.

They also expressed the need to hunt out skilled weavers spread among the different tribes, and with the help of the project give those weavers the chance to use the skills for a better life. Acting on this idea, they have planned to start sister projects in remote areas like Batachipur, Hojaigaon, Bargaon etc. under Dhekiajuli and Barchala LAC.  The new and prolific industry started with only 17 looms and has already started production and 13 more looms will soon be added to enhance more production.

 

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