Registered in the year 2008 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, BEENEEZ, A Social Development Society is situated in Moran town of Upper Assam district of Sivasagar. Since its inception, the organization has been instrumental in promoting weaving and rearing of Assam Silk mainly muga, eri and nuni yarn among the women residing in the villages of the upper plains of the Brahmaputra valley mainly in the Sivasagar district.
Silk culture in Assam is deep rooted in the rural life and culture of indigenous Assamese communities. This is the only place in the world where muga silk is grown. Thus muga is very much native to the state since ages and is also known as the ‘golden silk’. Sericulture in Assam mainly comprises of muga and eri silk; 98% of eri production is in and around Assam while 100% muga production originated in the state. However, it is noteworthy to mention that, production of muga, eri and nuni silk within Assam is highest in the districts of Sivasagar and Jorhat.
At present, Beeneez works with more than 500 women self help groups from different ethnic communities native to the state; ‘Deori’ & ‘Sonowal’ which are notified schedule tribe of Assam besides ‘Ahom’ & ‘Chutia’ which falls under the Other Backward Communities (OBC).
The Organization has registered artisans skilled in rearing, spinning and weaving of muga, endi & nuni silk and focuses mainly on hand spun yarn. The products are hand-made and eco-friendly in nature.
The organization is working with these communities with a basic objective to:
- Promote active participation of women (artisans) in the development process
- Improve weaving skill and productivity of the artisans
- Provide adequate infrastructure to the artisans
- Improve quality of the products
- Facilitate new design and product diversification
- Facilitate ideas on marketable products
- Upgrade artisans’ entrepreneurial ability
- Provide market linkages
- Facilitate financial linkages
As an organization in the social sector, we find immense pleasure to promote the products as these come from remote villages in its purest form. Artisans producing these products are from the lower economic strata (below poverty line) and do not have the understanding of the potentiality of their age-old adornments and the skill of rearing, spinning and weaving. We feel encouraged by their century long adornments which they still nourish with intense devotion, and we want to promote the most underprivileged section of the society.