Imphal: Textiles, commerce and industries (TCI) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Tuesday inaugurated a two-week long ‘Strategic Design Intervention Workshops For New Product Development and Production Capability Enhancement for Manipur Crafts’ at the Classic Royal Hall, Hotel Classic, Imphal.
The workshop, organized by the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) will conclude on December 1.
Biswajit highlighted achievements of MEETAC, and expressed gratitude to former governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla for her vision and assistance in establishing MEETAC.
Stating that MEETAC has helped in preserving the dying traditional crafts and designs of Manipur, and in standardizing these designs, Biswajit said it will further aid in developing the traditional crafts design. This will also ensure enhancing the production capabilities and economic status of artisans and craftsmen, he added.
Another big achievement of MEETAC is the preparation and launching of a Craft Map of Manipur and Coffee Table Book- Panorama of Handlooms and Handicrafts of Manipur.
He continued that under MEETAC, surveys and training are conducted in all 16 districts of the state.
MEETAC would establish linkages for traditional crafts/arts of Manipur with national, international markets and e-markets, he added.
Today MEETAC has helped in exploring the hidden talents of our craftsmen and artisans. By the end of the Phase-II of MEETAC, more than 160 Souvenir Proto-Types have been developed and more than 124 traditional artisans have been trained, he said.
MEETAC in collaboration with National Institute of Design has already completed two projects and currently the Phase-III project is being implemented. During the cirst two projects, seven crafts namely doll making, dry flower, bead jewellery, loin loom woven fabric, cane and bamboo, metal craft/metal tribal jewellery and wood craft were covered.
MEETAC is an autonomous society under the department of textiles, commerce and industries. It was launched on 1st September, 2018. The society is chaired by the minister (TCI) and function of the society is executed by a duly appointed CEO.
It is operating in all the districts of Manipur. It is working in collaboration with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition, New Delhi and DASSO, USA.