Weavers meet in Delhi today
Weavers from Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka will participate in a week-long “Wheel of Life” exhibition starting in New Delhi today.
Handloom products from the five countries will be on display and sale.
The event aims to bring out the skills of weavers and bring them to one platform for interaction and help find markets and identify trends in weaving.
Several other events have been organised along with the exhibition, including a design workshop, an exporters-buyers meet and a conference on mapping out cultural industries of South Asia.
Tradition to Trend is the theme of the design workshop. It will highlight means of promoting knowledge, focusing on newer techniques and designs while maintaining the authenticity of traditional handloom.
The Exporters-Buyers Meet, to be held on November 4, will give exporters and buyers an opportunity to meet the participants from the region and work beyond their countries.
An integral part of this project will be a report based on surveys and compilation of data on cultural industries in Saarc region. It is also proposed to develop a Saarc map of cultural industries, introducing products of cultural industries of the region to the world market.
Source books will be compiled to that end, which will also be available online. The first volume of the report will focus on the handloom industry and a conference on mapping of cultural industries will also be organised on November 3 to put in place a methodology and working plan for this project.
The report will focus on data of employment, intellectual property rights, new products and exports.
The event is organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre in collaboration with the culture ministry of India and development commissioner for handlooms under India's textile ministry.