Srinagar: Director Handicrafts & Handloom, Kashmir Mehmood Ahmad Shah today visited wool cluster Bandipora to review the skill upgradation and product development of the cluster there.
During the visit, Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir said that Kashmir is the land of unbeatable artisan work and the crafts of Kashmir need no introduction globally. He stressed upon the officers associated with the project to expose the artisans to markets round the globe.
The Director was informed that the cluster will be registered as a Producer Company with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India so as to ensure ownership to each artisan associated with the craft in the cluster besides ensuring long lasting sustenance of the project.
During the visit the director was briefed about the holistic development of the wool cluster from skill upgradation to new product development by the domain experts, Rang sutra Crafts India; engaged by the Project Management Unit of JTFRP.
In his interactions with the weavers undergoing skill upgradation trainings, the Director was informed that the aim of the cluster development program is to create market driven products and link the weavers to the markets both at National and International Levels.
Textile Technologist Partha Roy from Rangsurta briefed the Director about the interventions in the weaving processes being incorporated during the trainings which will result in increasing the quality, look and feel of the tweed fabric being made by the weavers of the said cluster.
During the course of his visit, he interacted with different artisans linked with the cluster and took their feedback and suggestions. The Director Handicrafts and Handloom expressed his satisfaction with the overall functioning of the cluster. He was also accompanied by the officers related to the project.
Pertinently, the handmade tweed is being revived with the help of World Bank funded JTFRP and is set to get a major boost in coming days.