Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Rahul Pandey, along with Joint Director Handloom & Handicrafts, Jammu inaugurated the first ever District Level Expo 2022 here today. The seven day Expo (2nd Dec to 8th Dec 2022) has been sponsored by the Development Commissioner (HL) Ministry of Textiles under NHDP and organized by the Implementing Agency i.e Handloom Development Department Kathua.
With the theme "My Handloom My Pride" the expo will showcase the exquisite art and craft of Kathua district. The DC Kathua alongwith officers of Handloom & Handicrafts Department took round of all the stalls and enquired about the exhibits created by local artisans and weavers.
He expressed that the Expo will give artisans, weavers and Cooperative societies a suitable marketing platform to sell their genuine products directly to the buyers and provide the tourists and locals an opportunity to get a glimpse of the rich art and craft of Kathua.
He appealed to people to visit the expo site and support the local artisans and weavers by purchasing local handloom products. Speaking on the occasion, the Joint Director Handloom & Handicrafts, Jammu motivated the weavers to bring more and more Handloom products in Expo for sale as the footfall of the Expo is very good.
The special attraction of the ongoing exhibition was a variety of Basohli Pashmina shawls, Woolen shawls, Mufflers, Coats, Blankets, Cashmilon Shawls and other local Handloom Products. AD Handloom & Handicraft Kathua, Pardeep Shan informed that as many as 25 Handloom groups will get the opportunity to display their products during the seven days expo.
He also appealed to the interested, uncovered weavers to register with the department to avail the schemes of the Department and earn their Livelihood. He said the event was being organized with the message of ‘Vocal for Local’ which will greatly support local Weavers in terms of both Promotion and sale.