Staff Reporter

Students of Government Upper Primary School, Puthur, will wear hand-woven shorts and tops on Wednesdays from July.

KOZHIKODE: Government Upper Primary School, Puthur, at Puthiyangadi here has hit upon a novel way to popularise handlooms.

Students of the school will wear pink-coloured hand-woven shirts and tops to go with their grey uniform shorts and skirts on Wednesdays from July, school authorities said.

The step is part of an initiative to popularise hand-woven fabric among the students and the public and give a fillip to traditional industrial cooperatives.

The programme was envisaged by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school, among other activities undertaken for the students’ benefit.

“Under the initiative titled ‘Kaitharikoru Kaithangu,’ the students will wear handloom cloth on Wednesdays from July 1. As many as 505 students have been provided more than 500 metres of the material, free. The fabric was bought from the Meppayil handloom cooperative society, near Vadakara,” Shashi Koloth, head teacher of the school, said. It cost the PTA Rs.62 a metre to get the uniform material from the society.

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom inaugurated the ‘Kaitharikoru Kaithangu’ programme on the school premises on May 19. A.K. Saseendran, MLA, presided over the programme.

V. Ajith Kumar, PTA president of the school and Education standing committee chairman of the Elathur grama panchayat, said arrangements would be made to take the students on a tour of the handloom units in Kannur district during the Onam holidays. He said the exercise was part of efforts to familiarise the children with the traditional weaving industry of the State.

The school has a ‘Swasraya’ unit, inaugurated by the former Health Minister P. Sankaran in 2004, that sells locally-made products with a view to popularising indigenous goods among the students.

The computer lab and the library are the initiatives of the PTA.

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