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“Artisan Speak” a textile outreach initiative by the Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani at the historical and restored Heritage Currency Building at Kolkata

Ambarnath Bhattacharya, abptakmaa, Kolkata, 9th January 2019 :     The textile industry is the second largest employment sector following the Agriculture sector in India. This sector has spread its wings over cotton, jute, silk, wool, manmade fibres, power looms and handicrafts.

Recenty 185 years old beautiful Heritage Currency building at Dalhousie came live for the first time as the Union Minister of Textile Smriti Zubin Irani had organised a Textile outreach initiative “Artisan Speak & Jute Expo” from 7th to 10th January 2019. This textile bonanza was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister of textile. On the occasion the minister consented to confer awards to the Indian Jute Exporters in different categories in presence of the Government Officials, members from Industry.

The Union Minister of Textile Smriti Irani said, event mainly aims to promote Indian Handloom, Handicrafts, Silk and Jute to provide a platform for marketing and business linkage with International and Domestic buyers. This also opens up new opportunities for Artisans for exhibiting their products. Theme pavilions will have impressive displays. A panel discussion was held in the Expo for emerging trend and heritage of textiles through design intervention. Raghavendra Singh Secretary (Textiles) Govt of India said the expo will showcase textile expositions by many renowned fashion designers from India and NIFT. There will be workshops on up skilling of artisans manufacturing of textile products. International participation was almost from 20 countries. Jute is a pride and glory of Bengal heritage and at the same time the famous iconic old currency building is restored in Kolkata. on the occasion a First Day Cover was initiated by the Postal Department which was released by Smriti Irani the Union Minister of Textile. A fashion parade was designed by Anamika Khanna with Jute mixed dresses. Publicity : Launcherz.

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