GUWAHATI, April 9 – The silk village of Sualkuchi will now come alive on stage and showcase the best of motifs and textile and the new ideas that have given a trendy touch to the traditional silk of the State.
On April 11, the Sualkuchi Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT), Assam in collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata is organizing a gala fashion show on the theme ‘Fashion and Sualkuchi Silk’ at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa.
The show will begin from 6.30 pm and the weavers and entrepreneurs of SIFT will present their collection that will include both traditional as well as contemporary blend of Indo Western dresses and men’s wear.
According to the organizers, the all silk-village of Assam has made strong imprint world over for production of superior traditional hand woven silk textiles and in view of the high growth potential of the silk industry in Assam, it was important to enhance the skill of the weavers and entrepreneurs.
It needs to be mentioned here that Sualkuchi which has been rightly christened as ‘Manchester of the East’ provides direct as well as indirect employment to more than 25,000 people throughout the year who are involved in silk weaving and allied activities.
As per a survey, there are more than 12,000 women weavers working in this silk weaving sector. The demand for Sualkuchi silk increases during festive occasions and particularly during the seasons of marriage. Spring ushers hope for the weavers of Sualkuchi as it heralds the onset of the marriage season.
Out of the total silk production of Sualkuchi, 70 per cent comprises mekhala chador, 20 per cent silk saris and 10 percent miscellaneous fabrics. The village is also into exporting exclusive muga silk made-ups in the form of quilt, curtain, table linen, bed linen, etc. The annual export turnover as reported is approximately Rs 1200 lakh.