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Artisans urged to preserve Manipur's indigenous handloom legacy
Nov '11
Handloom artisans belonging to the Northeast Indian State of Manipur have been asked to preserve the State's legacy of making indigenous products with hands.

Inaugurating Gandhi Shilp Bazaar 2011 and a special Handloom Expo in imphal, Manipur Commerce and Industry Minister Y Erabot said the State is a home to some indigenous products that can be made only with hands and not by machines. He said this is in spite of the fact that that today the world has progressed to such an extent that there are hardly a few things that cannot be produced with a machine.

The Minster urged the artisans to conserve such legacy of the State. He added that in order to attract buyers, the artisans should try to sustain the quality of their products.

Around 50 booths showcasing various items made by local artisans from Manipur have been set up at the special handloom expo 2011, while there are around 150 stalls showcasing the State's indigenous and other products have been set up at the Gandhi Shilp Bazar 2011.

The Minister also revealed that in view of popular demand, handloom artisans from the State will be participating in a similar kind of a handloom expo which is to take place in Bangladesh. The popular handloom saris of the State would also be displayed along with other items at the fair in Bangladesh, he added.

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