Manipur, March 19: Manipuri woman R.K. Penmila, a carpenter from Manipur’s Kamjong district has ventured into a profession few women have, carpentry — Building furniture.
Penmila, who studied interior designing from the Hamstech Institute of Fashion and Interior Design in Hyderabad told the media, “People ask me why I was taking up this male-dominated field. I simply told them that there can be no restrictions just because I am a woman. Both men and women can take up any field of work as long as they have the interest and passion to excel in their chosen field.”
“There is no doubt that carpentry work involves lots of physical strength but I have no qualms about physical exertions. I am used to it,” she added.
To sharpen her skills, Penmila did a year-long diploma course in carpentry from the Don Bosco Technical School in Shillong.
Born and raised in the East Tusom village in Kamjong District, Penmila currently works at a shop owned by her extended family in the capital city of Imphal but wants to have her own carpentry business in the future. Manipuri carpentry.