Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eri silk cluster inaugurated

SHILLONG, Sept 12: Chief Minister DD Lapang formally inaugurated the Umden Eri Silk Cluster at Duya Auditorium, Umden in Ri-Bhoi District on Friday. The Umden Eri Silk Cluster is one of the 24 clusters under the Regional Resources Centre on Cluster Development, India Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE). The unique characteristics of this cluster are the availability of skilled artisan and age-old traditional methods of weaving and natural dyeing.

It is a hilly area with moderate climate which is suitable for rearing of silk worms. Almost every household in this areas practises cocoon cultivation, rearing, spinning, dyeing and weaving. In addition to these, as the use of natural dyeing of yarn is one of the prime specialities of the cluster, intervention framework has been designed for development of this cluster as a natural dyeing hub with a natural dyeing technology.

In this cluster development programme, various interventions in the form of providing support to indigenous artisans, setting up of common facility centre, work shed, financial linkage, product diversification through designers’ intervention, market linkages, skill upgradation and training programmes for the eri cultivators will be made.

IIE through its Regional Resource Centre on Cluster Development has plunged into cluster development in a big way since last two years. The institute has 24 clusters throughout the eight States of the Northeast. In Meghalaya, the institute identified an eri silk cluster in Umden which has great potential to be converted into an eri hub of Meghalaya. So far, it has formed 25 self help groups and has been successful in providing financial linkages to them.

It has also formed a Cluster Development Coordination Group (CDCG) under the chairmanship of the Ri-Bhoi Deputy Commissioner who will closely monitor the cluster activities and also act as an adviser to the cluster. THE SENTINEL

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