Meghalaya painting honors the contribution of women-led cooperative societies and self-help groups

New Delhi: The Meghalaya painting showcased bamboo and cane handicrafts along with Lakadong turmeric to honor women-led cooperative societies and self-help groups who have revived the popularity and demand of these products through their tireless efforts .

While the front part of the painting depicts a woman weaving a bamboo basket and several Meghalaya bamboo and cane products, the back part of the painting depicts traditional Lakadong turmeric farming and processing.

The northeastern state is renowned for its cane and bamboo craftswomen.

However, there was a time when the demand for Meghalaya’s cane and bamboo products declined and nearly led to the handicraft’s demise due to the availability of cheaper, mass-produced plastic alternatives.

Determined to revive the craft, women from several villages in Meghalaya have come together to form cooperative societies and self-help groups for the revival of cane and bamboo products.

Women’s cooperative societies and self-help groups are now meeting the demand for these products worldwide. This not only increased the income levels of artisans in the state, but also revived a craft that was once nearly lost.

Lakadong turmeric, renowned for its high curcumin content, has also gained its worldwide fame through the efforts of cooperative societies and self-help groups, promoted by enterprising women from the Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya.

Lakadong turmeric has a high curcumin content ranging from 7-12%, the combined result of a cultivar selectively bred by villagers and the careful care given to each crop by its farmer.

The state board represented the entire value chain which is led by women-led cooperative societies and self-help groups.

For Meghalaya, this year’s Republic Day was not only an occasion to celebrate 75 years of the country’s independence, but also 50 years of its statehood.

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Virginia S. Braud