A capacity and skill upgradation workshop “Design Development Training Workshop for the Weavers” was organised at Siphajhar, Darrang district on July 13 to August 18, 2015 , with support from Exim Bank. The programme was participated by 50 artisans belonging to underprivileged section of community. The objective of the workshop was to achieve product development capacity of the participating women so as to enable them to produce a diversified range of products in keeping with the latest market trends through interaction between traditional handloom weavers and expertise available in the fields of weaving, designing, processing etc.
The weavers were given financial support for procurement of necessary inputs for modern designing of handloom products.
The workshop was a part of Exim Bank of India’s Grassroots Initiative and Development (GRID) through which it supports grassroot enterprises across country for building skills and generating income.
- During the programme 3 types of new technologies viz, jacquard, draw boy, jack loom were introduced
- 11 types of new and innovative commercial prototypes were created.
- Products worth Rs. 19,287/-(Nineteen Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Seven) were created by the artisans
- Participants acquired knowledge and skills on more than 15 types of new techniques-such as creating motifs, warping, counting, sketching, grafting, drafting, card punching, calendaring, softening, measuring, cutting, tailoring, packing, exhibiting etc
- Two groups formed out of the 50 participants for undertaking collective activity for product development and marketing.
- 90% of the participants showed interest in installation of jacquard machines to upgrade their looms
- All participants found the course informative, useful and satisfactory