All the village women of Assam are traditionally weavers. Weaving is an important tool to express their dreams and esthetic sense. Gorgeous designs, fabulous colour combination woven in unique muga, endi, patt silk and also in pure cotton could be a dream wear for any women.
However, most of the rural communities of the state are very poor and are striving to overcome their acute poverty. Dhun-Pech (a local phrase means exotic fashion) is initiated by NEST to fight poverty. Dhun-Pech is registered under Sub-Section (1) of Section 8 of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act. 2006. In thirteen sites of Golaghat, Jorhat and Lakhimpur districts of Assam, NEST is involved on weavers’ training on design and product development, production of various artifacts and facilitation on marketing of the same.
A showroom of Dhun-Pech products is inaugurated in Durgapur near Kaziranga National Park on 10th October 2008. Various market linkages are developed nationally and internationally for sustainable incremental family incomes in the rural areas of our intervention in Assam. Process is on for further expansion to the different sites also.