GUWAHATI, Dec 5 – The revolution that was set off with the invention of the mechanized process of weaving muga cloth, like the flying shuttle, is now on the wings to reach the grass root level textile workers. Industrial production of bulk muga cloth remained a problem till the other day when the city-based mechanical engineer Dulal Chowdhury invented the mechanized process of weaving muga cloth.
Following this invention, a pilot project of the mechanized process was set up under the supervision of Guwahati IIT at Amingaon at the initiative of the Governor of the State.
This project has now been renamed as the Technology Development and Production Centre for Muga Silk. Chowdhury has now been appointed Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Governor to run the Centre. Governor is the Chief Patron of its Advisory Committee.
Meanwhile, entrepreneurs from Palasbari, Sualkuchi, Changsari, Guwahati, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Lakhimpur, Golaghat have been contacting Chowdhury, who has this technology patented in his name, for technology transfer.
Governor of the State has desired that such centres should be set up in the ‘significantly more’ muga producing areas to facilitate transfer of technology to the entrepreneurs so that commercial ventures based on the technology could come up.
Accordingly, three places --- Boko, North Lakhimpur and Jorhat have been identified initially for the purpose. Block Development Officer (BDO) of Boko has by this time approached Chowdhury seeking permission to use his patented technology and also extension of the necessary guidelines and cooperation in muga project at Boko Development Block premises under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
The Governor has approved the request and allowed Chowdhury to extend necessary guidance and cooperation to the above venture, which is meant for generating public awareness, demonstration of the mechanized process and imparting training to the interested people. Boko is a major muga hub since the Ahom era.
Muga entrepreneur Madan Kalita of Palasbari said he is interested to set up such a unit so that he could produce quality muga cloth in bulk at a short span of time. Kalita has been connected with the muga business since 1994. He has been exporting the muga yarn produced by him to outside the State destinations like Kolkata, Delhi etc.
Muga entrepreneur Amit Patgiri of Guwahati said the mechanized process for producing muga cloth has a bright prospect.
“I am interested to have my own mechanized muga processing unit, which can help me become a successful entrepreneur,” Patgiri said.