Guwahati: Extensive scientific-based research was conducted for ‘eri muga silk by the researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG).
IITG researched from a design perspective, and the reports have already been finalized by World Bank consultants.
Research on the ‘Diagnostic study on Weaver’s need in the aspect of ‘eri and muga silk’ will play a significant role in formulating developmental strategies for the concerned sector.
The Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Society (ARIAS), Government Assam targets to implement the proposed strategies towards the socio-economic development of Assam.
The research study was conducted by Dr. Pratul Ch Kalita, Assam Associate Professor, Department of Design, IIT Guwahati, and Prof. Amarendra Kumar Dad, Department of Design, IIT Guwahati under the aegis of the World Bank-financed Assam Agri-Business and Rural Transformation Project (APART) stated it as detailed study. The key focus is the existing primary design value chain of ‘eri’ and ‘muga’ silk weaving, marketing, design management strategy to align demand and supply in Assam.
The study covered weavers from 8 districts of Assam: Jorhat, Kamrup, Majuli, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Charaideo, and Biswanath. Also, the newly-designed semi-automatic loom is expected to improve productivity and quality of weaving.
During the research, a total of 5 strategic design management interventions for alignment of demand and supply side of eri & muga silk were identified by Dr. Pratul, along with a detailed view into the B-B model of the system design solution is expected to be structured with the streamlined value chain.