Craft Handloom Village Moirang
Craft Handloom Village is an eco-friendly project in Moirang for achieving a target of employment on two fronts, manufacturing of handloom cloth with embroidery and hospitality service to tourists.
This project comes under the Handloom Sector of Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. District Handlooms & Textiles, Bishnupur will assist in the formation of SPV/Agency for operation and management of the Craft Village.
Moirang Phee and its border design of Moirang Pheejin is immortal pattern of Manipur traditional design. It is a GI product originated from Moirang. Historically, the town of Moirang is famous for the ancient temple of the deity, Lord Thangjing and the legendary love story of “Khamba Thoibi”. Loktak Lake, the biggest fresh water lake in the North East Indian region and Keibul Lamjao National Park are situated in this peripheral area. The Ebudhou Moirang Thangjing temple is one of the most worshipped temples in Manipur and INA Complex, INA flag was also hoisted at Moirang.
Thus, Moirang (approx. 45km from south of the Capital, Imphal) is one of the most famous places in Manipur and a perfect location for setting up the proposed Craft Handloom Village.
Handloom Craft is an integral part of Manipuri Culture. The concept of crafts village came in to picture to serve the purpose of bringing most of the crafts’ specimens and the craftsmen under one roof. At a craft village, we can get the real life experience of watching the craftsmen making their artifacts before your eyes. Handloom Weaving and Embroidery are regular activities in Moirang. As such, very limited number of new machinery and equipment will be provided. However, skill upgradation for production of high-end item will be conducted in the initial stage. Bamboo workshed on traditional model will be constructed. The entry gate will monitor the volume of footfalls and entry fee will be charged. Dedicated looms and machineries will be installed for demonstration on a trial production by tourists with charges. Sales outlets with raw material bank will be open. Traditional boats will be parked to carry the tourists on payment of charges. It is thus set up to rejuvenate the Moirang with its famous traditional crafts.
With all these activities and earning, a SPV/Agency will be formed to operate and manage the Craft Village. All assets created under this project will be owned by the Agency/SPV. This Project converges with Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana under Ministry of Textiles, Home Delivery of yarn and buy back under Handloom Delivery Scheme, Raw Material Supply Scheme and Participation in National & International Expos.
Craft Handloom Village will also provide direct employment to 217 weavers and artisans and indirect benefit to 75 auxiliary workers on value addition and tourists’ hospitality will help live a life of joyful. This project will be the game changer for conversion of regional into export quality products.