An inaugural function of ‘Traditional Eyong-Phee Attire’ for students, especially for boys was held at Lilong Higher Secondary School in Thoubal district on November 24.
The function, first of its kind at any higher secondary school was aimed to revive the socio-cultural and tradition of Manipuri. Since the traditional attire was already used by the female staff and girl students, the target was given to male students and staff of the school by wearing ‘Khudei’ for at least a couple of days in a week.
The function was attended by Keirao assembly constituency MLA Lourembam Rameshwar Meitei as chief guest; social commentator Dhanabir Laishram as guest of honour and principal of the school N Shanta as president.
In his speech, MLA Rameshwar highlighted the need to promote the indigenous handloom products, increase their uses at a larger scale to provide jobs for the weavers and to improve the economy of the state. “The revival of our culture and tradition shall wake up the youths and students, and instil a sense of belongingness as well as patriotism,” he said.
Dhanabir Laishram stressed on the importance of traditional dresses in preserving culture. Such a small step will enhance the handloom industries, he said.