Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (Trifed) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs organised a 10-day Mini Aadi Mahotsav in Shillong.
As most of the people are involved in organic farming, handloom and handicraft products were less in comparison to organic products. M.R. Singh, Trifed Regional Manager (Northeast), said that very few people brought handloom and handicraft products.
He informed that exotic products are not found easily in Meghalaya as most people are into organic produce. The State produces good quality honey and turmeric. Most handicraft items come from Nagaland, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, he said, adding that Nagaland ranks first in the region in indigenous products, particularly textiles.
Asked about the selection of artisans, he said Trifed first conducts tribal artisan melas where artisans are called and their products are selected and empanelled. He said a similar festival would be held in Delhi later this month and around five artisans from the region, who produce exotic items, would participate in it.
Marketing Manager Pamthing Kieshing said the Central Government is trying to revive handloom activities and are imparting training in handloom along with various other programmes by going to villages and encouraging people to keep this art alive.