KHONSA, July 1: The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), with the support of the Tirap district administration and in collaboration with the Department of Textiles & Handicrafts, successfully organized the third phase of the Tribal Artisan Empanelment Mela 2024.

The event took place across multiple locations in the northeastern states of India under the PTP-NER Scheme, bringing together tribal artisans from various regions.

Attending the inaugural event, Tirap deputy commissioner Ira Singhal praised TRIFED, the government of India, and the Textiles & Handicrafts department for organizing the event, which encourages tribal artisans to showcase and sell their products.

She emphasized the importance of using sustainable materials like bamboo, cane, and traditional yarn while avoiding plastic products.

Despite inclement weather, artisans from different villages in the Tirap district attended, contributing to the program’s grand success.

Textiles & Handicrafts, assistant director, Chano Lowang, reported that 128 artisans from various villages in the Tirap district participated and set up sales stalls. She expressed gratitude to TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for sponsoring the event and thanked the Tirap district administration, for providing the venue to accommodate the artisans.

The Tribal Artisan Empanelment Mela aims to provide a platform for tribal artisans of the northeast to showcase their traditional art and craft, connect with potential buyers, and gain exposure to new markets. This initiative is part of TRIFED’s ongoing efforts to promote and support the socio-economic development of tribal communities through the marketing of their products.

“The Tribal Artisan Empanelment Mela is a crucial platform for tribal artisans to showcase their skills and craftsmanship. It not only provides them with an opportunity to access new markets but also helps in preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of our tribal communities,” said DC Singhal.

TRIFED remains committed to empowering tribal artisans by facilitating their participation in such events and creating avenues for sustainable livelihoods.