A plush and exquisitely designed high-end emporium will certainly lend the much-needed market thrust to the products, especially Silk, produced by local artisans in Meghalaya state.
The lack of access to commercial urban markets has often been a deterrent to the entrepreneurs and artisans of the Northeastern state. Recognising the want of studios and emporiums that showcase the alluring items produced in the region, the foundation stone for the palatial Khadi Emporium has recently been laid at Barik, Shillong by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
According to the CM, ” Besides tourists, having such an outlet would also help tourists who visit the state to buy local products those who are unable to translate their talents into a successful enterprise.”
He also hinted that similar emporiums will also be set up in other parts of the country provided the idea of setting up one in New Delhi is successful.
The ₹2.73-crore project will be funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC) and the implementing agency is Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation Limited (MIDCL).
The chief minister has emphasized that the building itself can be an iconic structure showcasing the local produce and artistry of the state.
The proposed building is an RCC frame type structure with G+3 storey building with components for handicraft products, honey, and food products, leather goods, cosmetic products, readymade garments, cloth items, jute and carpet, and blacksmith items. The facade certainly looks inviting, with its red and gold paint and its carved wooden balcony.