OYAN, Nov 17: The MG Community Skill Development & Training Centre in Oyan village in East Siang district has been recognized by the Silk Mark Organization of India sponsored by the Central Silk Board (CSB) of the union textiles ministry.
The central government agency, which controls quality of silk products, has allowed using the ‘silk mark’ on 100 percent natural clothes produced by the skill development centre.
The training centre, set up in July 2014, has been conducting skill development training for creating self-employment avenues in the rural areas. It is implementing central-sponsored projects for economic enhancement of the rural entrepreneurs through handloom and handicraft activities.
The skill development and training centre is an initiative of the Siang Tea Industries Ltd of Arunachal, which is working for promotion of organic farming in the state.
The centre is competent to produce quality silk clothes and finishing products of handloom garments, which are exported to different places within the country and abroad.
Launching the use of the ‘silk mark’ on the 100 percent natural silk products, the skill development centre on Friday conducted an exhibition-cum-sale event at Oyan village, bordering Jonai in Assam, wherein rural weavers and entrepreneurs from different corners of the Siang belt took part.
Present on the occasion, among others, were renowned artist from Japan, Masami Yamada, former union minister and Siang Tea Industries managing director Omak Apang, and plastic engineer Tangir Perme.
Yamada, who is working for promotion of silk farming and development of silk industry in the Himalayan region, also launched a ‘signature campaign’ on the occasion.
MG Skill Development & Training Centre’s Aitoki Doley also spoke, and said her team has been working to develop the Siang valley as a “silk zone.”