Move to get GI tag to state Ryndia textile

Shillong, Aug 7: Meghalaya Ryndia Producers Association has moved Geological Indications Registry for geological indications tag for Ryndia.

The producers’ body moved the registry for the recognition on July 26 this year.


This was revealed during the celebration of National Handloom Day at National Institute of Fashion Technology, Umsawli, on Monday by P. Tmung, who is the president of the Meghalaya Ryndia Producers Association.

Later, speaking at the programme, Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem whose consistency is known for Ryndia products, also stressed on the need for Geographical Identification (GI) tag as it will be beneficial in maintaining its unique identification and recognition. He reiterated the importance of preserving and upholding the traditional traits of rearing.

Textiles minister Paul Lyngdoh wanted  collective responsibility from all the stakeholders in optimising the God gifted talent which the weavers of the state are bestowed with. He expressed happiness to learn that there are 3rd generation weavers present at the programme and encouraged them to continue the traditions of their ancestors.

While informing that the handloom products from the state have received appreciation from Europe and other parts of the world, the minister called upon the weavers to incorporate unique ideas and concepts into their work in order to cater and compete in the international market.

Commissioner and Secretary of Textiles Frederick Kharkongor said  the textile industry has been there in the state from time immemorial.

He said the textile industry is a combination of elements from the environment and it also showcases the culture and tradition.

He said the department is planning to have textile Ambassadors to popularise the products.

Stating that the story behind Ryndia products needs to be told globally, Kharkongor added that it involves heritage of the place.

During the programme Pehchan Card and Yarn under Income Generation Programme were given to the beneficiaries by the minister and the dignitaries. Awards were also presented to various individuals and co-operative societies of the state.

Awards for Best Co-operative Society was given to Mookhep Handloom & Handicraft Co-operative Society, West Jaintia Hills District; Best Handloom Entrepreneur was awarded to M/s Nangcwa Diwon, Ri-Bhoi District; Successful Independent weaver award was presented to  Ivy Lorna R Marak, West Garo Hills District; Efficient Weaver of Departmental Centre Award was given to Manju Rabha, East Khasi Hills District while the award for the longest serving weaver was given to Menri A Sangma, West Garo Hills District.

During the programme, the chief guest along with other dignitaries released a Coffee Table Book on Meghalaya Silk titled “Woven Narratives” and also unveiled the Textile Map of Meghalaya.

The event was organised by thr Department of Textiles, Government of Meghalaya in association with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

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