Imphal, Jan 7,
Minister (Textiles, Commerce and Industries) & Chairman, Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen, MEETAC Thongam Biswajit Singh on Monday released the Wall and Desk Calendar, 2020 developed by MEETAC, at his Official Quarter in the presence of Addl. Chief Conservator of Forest, Government of Manipur and Chief Executive Officer, MEETAC Anurag Bajpai (IFS).
Biswajit said the calendar, 2020 is a “Themed based Calendar” which will help in promoting and marketing items produced under MEETAC. He said MEETAC aims to provide a market platform and economically empower artisans by developing their products to global standard. He also stated that today, Manipur has a Craft Map through which craftspeople are identified and the different types of craft across the State.
development of their crafts/arts as per global standards, training and entrepreneurship development in order to increase the market demand of their products and achieve better economic valuation.
The Minister also lauded the CEO and the officials working under MEETAC for their efforts. The calendar release function was also attended by Director (Admin) MEETAC K.Bantee Singh and Director (Finance and Asset Management) MEETAC Th.Gunindro Singh, MES.
The wall calendar 2020 contains some new prototype designs developed by craftsmen of Manipur during the current financial year under the guidance of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. The designs depict the new trends including souvenirs and utility items made from Wood Craft, Metal Craft, Bamboo and Cane, doll making under paper mache craft, dry flower craft among others. The new designs developed by the craftsmen may develop a better market within and outside the State.
The Desk Calendar 2020 is a “Theme Based Calendar” depicting Traditional Dolls of Manipur developed under Paper Mache Craft. The Manipuri dolls are made for both religious and cultural purposes and are realistic representations of Gods, Goddesses, and people from all walks of life.
The inspiration behind the dolls has changed but the Manipuri impression and flavour in the style of making remains intact. MEETAC through the Calendar, intends to promote and market Manipuri Dolls as Russian, Japanese and Mexican traditional dolls.
Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) is the new Mission of the Government of Manipur, established on 29th December, 2017 as an autonomous Society under the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries.
MEETAC was formally launched on 1st September, 2018 to promote inclusive growth by developing the Traditional crafts/arts sector of Manipur as per global standards and making it an important spoke in the wheel of economic activities.
MEETAC aims to provide unified access to the Traditional Craftsmen/Artisans of Hills and Valley of Manipur for design