Siliguri women learn embroidery skills for self-employment

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Siliguri (West Bengal), Apr 17 (ANI): The Ministry of Textiles, Government of West Bengal, has started the programme to impart training to 30 skilled women of Putimari village of Siliguri.

The Ministry of Textiles came up with such a program where the women of the village got a chance to make them self-employed.

The products they are making are mostly pillow cover, dress materials, kurtas (traditional Indian attire) and bed sheets. After getting trained these women will form a cooperative in the village where they will make the same things in large scale to sell in the market.

"We train women from the villages who are above 18 years of age because women in India have always been pushed back. Women can't go out of their homes and work, as they are not strong enough. So, the Ministry of Textiles decided to train them so that their creativity comes out. The ministry also helps them to sell their products in the crafts fair all over India," said Sahana Dey Chatterjee, designer of eastern region, Ministry Of Textile And Handicrafts, Government Of India.

These women used to stay back at their home doing up the homely work that most of the ladies are imparted with.

"We live in a village and don't get anything, we live too far from the city. We did not know about these things. We got training and we are really happy. In our future we can do really good work like we can start our own business," said Bina Das, trainee of the programme.

The women who are taking up the training are very happy to take up such challenge and feel that they are no longer behind the male counterpart of the family. (ANI)

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