Silk Carpet Centre
Downtown Srinagar has been the centre of crafts for hundreds of years. Srinagar city has been known as the city of carpet weavers, pashmina shawl makers and dealers in silk.
Recently DC Srinagar inaugurated the Silk Carpet Centre under Karkhandar Scheme at Rathpora Eidgah. He said that includingSilk Carpet under ODOP initiative aimed to boost economic growth at the District level especially in the Srinagar city. On the occasion, Chief Planning Officer, Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Assistant Director Handicrafts & Handloom, Mohsina Irshad, Tehsildar Eidgah, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan other senior officers along with the team of one District one product and large number of Artisans were present.
He congratulated the Karkhandar Unit Holder, Rafiq Ahmad Sofi of Rathpora, Eidgah of the District and emphasized on the hard work that goes in every single knot of carpet weaving. He appreciated the new technology in the form of iron looms and GI tagging mechanism that confers legal protection to the products, prevents unauthorized use of a GI tag products and helps consumers to get quality products of desired traits besides assures the authenticity of the products.
While appreciating the contribution of Artisans and their magical hard work in revival, preservation and promotion of Traditional Art and crafts, the DC assured the Artisans that all support required by the local Artisans will be provided by the Government in order to boost their manufacturing and exports with impetus on supporting the industry from the production stage to the exporting stage. He emphasized on the role of the Handicraft sector in generating employment in Kashmir Division and supporting the economy and making the women as well as men community self-independent.