IIT-G researchers conduct extensive study on Assam’s eri, muga silk sector
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati have conducted an extensive study on eri and muga silk in Assam.
“The research output of the study, under the aegis of World Bank-financed Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART), will play a very significant role in formulating development strategy in the sector,” a statement from IIT-Guwahati said on Monday.
The ‘Diagnostic Study on Weaver’s needs in respect of Eri and Muga Silk’ primarily focuses on the existing design value chain of eri and muga silk in Assam, starting from weaving (supply side – value creation) to marketing (demand side – value delivery), and formulation of design management Strategy to align demand and supply.
Among the first such reports in this sector, the final report has already been accepted by the World Bank consultants.
The study was conducted by Pratul Chandra Kalita, associate professor, department of design, IIT Guwahati, and Amarendra Kumar Das, department of design, IIT Guwahati.
“Such an in-depth study with extensive scientific field research from design management perspective has been conducted for the first time. The research team could gather and demonstrate very insightful interpretations on the basis of a huge amount of field-level data,” a statement from IIT Guwahati issued here on Monday said.
Kalita identified five strategic design management interventions for alignment of demand and supply side of the design value chain of eri and muga silk.
“The five design management strategies formulated are: skill development and skill-upgrade strategy, design studio and digital design bank, system design solution for integrated supply chain management, frame loom and a new semi-automatic loom to improve productivity and quality, attracting weavers for eri-muga weaving,” the statement said.
The study reached out to 1282 weavers in eight districts: Jorhat, Kamrup, Majuli, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Charaideo and Biswanath.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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