Dzongu, 17 Jun:
A 3-month long training on traditional method
s of nettle fibers (kuzu dhum) extraction and weaving (kuzu ki) wrapped up in Upper Dzongu in North Sikkim on 14 June.
The training, organized by Sakyong-Pentong Gram Panchayat Unit and sponsored by National Innovation Foundation, Honey Bee Network and Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions [SRISTI], Ahmedabad, had kicked off on 14 Mar.
The main idea behind conducting the training was to learn and propagate traditional Lepcha weaving style from a couple – 86 year old Kinchok Lepcha and Pitmu Lepcha, 84 - in Pentong who excel in the weaving and extraction of nettle fibers.
The training was taken by seven women of the area.
The trainees were also provided with honorarium of Rs 3,000 per month.
The valedictory function on 14 June was attended by Deputy Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Dzongu MLA Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, along with District Collector [North], Karma R Bonpo, Sub Divisional Magistrate [Dzongu], Tshering Dorjee Bhutia and other officials including panchayat members.
The trainees were awarded with certificates.
Coordinator, Tshering Gyatso Lepcha extended his gratitude to National Innovation Foundation, Honey Bee Network and SRISTI, Ahmedabad for sponsoring the training.