Manipur has been organizing several skill development programs for handloom artisans. Fashion shows are also held regularly to promote the handloom sector. The Power Loom and Allied Service Centre in Imphal, gives artisans skill development training and aims to equip them with modern technology. The center also plans to provide loom sets, incentives and marketing assistance to those who undergo the training.
Manipur currently occupies the third position in the country in terms of handloom productivity. It hopes to reach the top through such skill development programs and by providing other incentives including high-quality fabric and weaving tools and machinery to the artisans.
Recently, a fashion extravaganza was held in Imphal with an aim to promote handloom products. Models walked the ramp, displaying traditional attires of different tribes. Ethnic garments like a wraparound and saris were also showcased. A special fashion show for children was also organized.
The event provided a great opportunity to local weavers and designers to present their handloom products before the public. A large number of people in rural Manipur and other northeastern states are engaged in weaving and craftwork. Promotion of the sector through fashion shows will help to provide exposure to their intricate work.