The Textile Association (India) – Odisha Unit established in 1990 conducted first time in its history, One day National Seminar in association with Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IITH), on the theme “Scope and Opportunities of Textile Garment Development in Odisha” at Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IITH), Bargarh Western Odisha, the heart of handloom activities and development on 16th March 2021. This seminar was targeted to attract handloom professionals to aware about handloom activities.

Mr. M. Anandan, Head of Office, IIHT welcomed the gathering in the campus. He mentioned that Odisha has a rich cultural heritage; it reflects in the hand woven fine fabrics for its excellent tie and dye technique. The current product and its beauty are not only fascinating the people of Odisha but also other parts of India since long. The transformation of fabric into garment will not only give another scope for producers of Ikat material but also create avenues for new entrepreneurs and new era for garment industry in Odisha. This kind of transformation of Ikat fabric in garment and allied products will enhance production of fabric and increase the involvement of entrepreneurs in the field of Textiles Manufacturing in Odisha. Such involvement would definitely increase the output of present textile market and also boost the overall scenario of textile industry in Odisha. This aspect of diversification of Odisha fabrics and textiles in garment and its allied products will boost the economy of existing entrepreneur of Odisha state. Also he mentioned that the e-book which is published is a compilation of articles covering various aspects of handloom and textile technology and garment manufacturing will definitely help in enrichment of existing knowledge and practices of textile work in Odisha.

Dr. S. P. Mishra, President, TAI, Odisha Unit in his inaugural address informed the gathering about TAI Odisha and future activities for the handloom clusters of Odisha. He mentioned that Odisha is famous for its handlooms, bandhani crafts, beautiful and gorgeous textiles. These products are internationally acclaimed. Odisha also one the largest producers of hand spun and hand-woven silk producing 85 MT of different varieties of silk. In addition, there are around 80,000 acres for cotton cultivation producing 4.00 lakh bales. However, Odisha lacks to have behind textile products as it has not produced any remarkable textile products for last few years. There are only around 1500 power loom units in the state. There is a scope for development in textile activity and there are few garment industries created their manufacturing units in this state

Dr. B. B. Jena, Chairman TAI Odisha highlighted about the purpose of this seminar. Mr. Sambit Satapathy, Hon. Secretary, TAI Odisha spoke on TAI Activities and requested to be the member of TAI Odisha Unit.

Shri Ashok Juneja, National President, TAI Central conveyed his best wishes message to the entire team of organizing committee for their initiative & the grand success of the event. With their first initiative, Textile & Garment sector will develop further in the State of Odisha and will be the tremendous potential for the growth of Textile & Garment resulting employments to many and also the deliberation of presentation during the Seminar will be beneficial to all & compilation of e-book which will be a good document for further reference.

There were 9 papers slated for the seminar and the first session was chaired by Dr. B. B. Jena, Chairmn, TAI Odisha. The second session was chaired by Dr. A. K. Dash, Vice President, TAI Odisha. At the end of the seminar to create interest among the students, Mr. Sambit Satapathy conducted a quiz among the students with awards to the winners.

At the end of the seminar, students and participants gave their impression about the seminar. It was decided to have gatherings at the cluster level in future in Bargarh district.

Following papers were presented on this seminar:

  1. Scope and Opportunities of Textile and Garment Development in Odisha, Dr. A. K. Dash.
  2. Cotton Cultivation in Odisha, Dr. S. P. Mishra
  3. Small Scale Garment Industry : Investment and Cost, Mr. Bibhuti Pradhan
  4. Development and Application of Tribal Art and Design, Ms. Tapasi Mohanty
  5. Skilling Odisha in Handloom and Apparel Sector, Mr. Pravat Kumar Sahoo
  6. Nanocellulose and its Application in Textiles, Ms. Arpita Samanta
  7. Innovative Utilization of Waste in Handloom Textiles to Adopt Sustainable Fashion, Ms. Sujata Chand & Ms. Kirti Ghosh.

The meeting was concluded with vote of thanks By Mr. Sambit Satapathy, Secretary, TAI, Odisha.