Manipur is all set to launch a Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans to help the craftsmen of the state with a proper market place for the finished products.
Thongam Biswajit Singh, the state minister for Textiles, Commerce and Industry said the Mission for Traditional Artisans will soon be launched to ensure economic empowerment to traditional artisans/craftsman. The decision to set up the mission was taken on October 4 last year.
The minister said the state government is in coordination with the Centre for providing the 3.09 lakh weavers in Manipur the benefits of integrated cluster scheme from the current year.
The new Mission for Artisans will help the traditional craftsmen to fine tune their products at par the global standards to make it a major foreign exchange earning source for the state.
Singh said several items including Textiles (handlooms), pottery, cane and bamboo crafts, jewellery (gold and non-gold), reed craft, stone carving, wood carving, dolls and toys, block printing, terracotta, hand embroidery and tribal arts/crafts will be covered under the Mission.