CTI handlooms can produce carpets, other products

LAHORE  -  Carpet Training Institute (CTI) Chair­person Ejazur Rahman has empha­sised the importance of handloom sec­tor and said that there was a need to plan in the context of manufacturing other products on handlooms.

“The modern handloom developed by the CTI can produce a wide range of products apart from carpets,” he said while briefing a delegation vis­iting the institute on Sunday. Ejazur Rahman said that there is a need to highlight the importance of hand­loom sector in Pakistan, adding that in the current situation, we need to plan in a wider perspective apart from the production of handloom carpets for which different brands will have to help us to bring this idea to completion.

He said Pakistan’s hand-made products have immense fame but they are not available in the local and international markets in such num­bers; however, the Carpet Training Institute and its modern handlooms can be very helpful in this regard. He apprised the delegation about the advanced handlooms, developed by the institute and suggested that vari­ous brands should enter into joint ventures on an experimental basis and the sure success will not only promote the products in the local markets but they can also be devel­oped as an export industry. “In order to promote handloom and provide employment through it, the govern­ment should give special status to handloom products and also provide its patronage for it,” he added. He said that the federal and provincial governments should initiate a plan to provide handlooms at the village level, which cannot only prevent ur­banisation and rather, providing em­ployment on a large scale will also give impetus to the economy and moreover, this is a project that will not have any burden on the govern­ment. He gave the example of a neigh­boring rival country and said that doz­ens of products are being produced on handlooms there which are also being exported and Pakistan should also study this successful model and make progress in this regard.

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