Name : N. Nabakumar Singh
District & State : Bishnupur, Manipur
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : National
Award Function : 7th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2013
Noticing the problems in traditional shuttle loom, Nabakumar (42 years) thought of improving it to enhance productivity and reduce labour. His ‘double shuttle loom’ works on the same principle as that of any other standard manual shuttle loom but is wider with the provision for two sets of warp rolls resulting in double output in a given time.
Nabakumar Singh, a driver and a carpenter, was born in a farmer’s family. Poverty did not allow him to study beyond class third. Though he dropped out from school quite early, he has clear memories of school life even now. He was a top ranker, the monitor of his class and wanted to become a professional footballer. He started helping his father in his paddy field but kept on continuously thinking ways to support the family financially. After a few years, he took up driving as the profession and became the driver of a local doctor. He also drove trucks and during rainy season worked as carpenter making furniture. Presently, Nabakumar is fully engaged in the constructing double shuttle loom and its accessories. His wife is involved in weaving of traditional clothes using his double shuttle loom.