Bhubaneswar: A three days training programme on natural dyes for handloom weavers commenced at the Weavers Service Centre (WSC), Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
The event is being organised as a part of a project where the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhubaneswar, State Agency for Development of Handloom Clusters (SADHAC), Director Textiles, Government of Odisha and Central Silk Board are involved.
Weavers Service Centre (WSC) is providing technical support in executing this training programme. Ten weavers from handloom clusters like Nuapatna, Maniabandha, Gopalpur, Atta, and Bhagamunda are participating in it.
The training programme was inaugurated by Bhubaneswar NIFT Director Shovan Krishna Sahu, SADHAC Member Secretary Indramani Kandi, and WSC Dy. Director Vikash Shroff.
The other members who graced the occasion are Prof. Binaya Bhusan Jena of NIFT Bhubaneswar and Project Coordinator Sobharani Lakra.
The training is being provided by Navneet Singh Shekhawat, Technical Superintendent, Processing, WSC.
Odisha has got abundant resources for natural dyes. At the same time, we have got a rich history and heritage in handloom weaving. With the revival of natural dye application, we can not only increase the market potential and income of the artisans, but we can address the issue of climate change and the environment said Prof. Jena, who has been instrumental in setting up a natural dye garden at NIFT Bhubaneswar campus.
This workshop can help in understanding the application of natural dyes on handloom. Natural dyed handloom products have got a huge demand potential in the name of Ecofriendly products both in the domestic and international market.
Once the weavers learn the art of applying natural dyes on handloom, they can create a niche market for themselves. Besides, the handloom clusters of Odisha can enhance their visibility and increase their income in the international market.