Building Blocks Vijayawada

Fillip to handloom sector

A weaver working on handloom in a work shed at Kappaladoddi village in Krishna district.

A weaver working on handloom in a work shed at Kappaladoddi village in Krishna district.   | Photo Credit: T_APPALA NAIDU

Each cluster to be equipped with infrastructure would directly cover at least 300 handloom weavers and indirectly guarantees employment for hundreds of workers, including women.

The State Government has proposed the Ministry of Textiles to set up eight handloom clusters in Krishna district with the aim of giving a fillip to the handloom industry under the Ministry’s National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP).

Each cluster to be equipped with infrastructure would directly cover at least 300 handloom weavers and indirectly guarantees employment for hundreds of workers, including women.

“We have already submitted a proposal to the Development Commissioner of Handlooms, New Delhi, recommending the need for setting up eight clusters in Krishna district. A sum of Rs. 2 crore will be sanctioned for each cluster,” Assistant Director (Handlooms) Ch. Laxmana Rao told The Hindu.

As many as four clusters will come up at Pedana and one each at Machilipatnam, Ghantasala, Mallavolu, and Polavaram in Krishna district. Each cluster will cover weavers in the surrounding areas.

“The cluster, a house of at least 300 handlooms, consists of work and yarn dying sheds. Experts in the fields of dying and designing will also share their expertise with the weavers to tap the market for their products, mostly sari,” added Mr. Laxmana Rao.

The clusters are likely to rescue the debt-ridden weavers caught in the grip of the ‘master weaver’.

On mutual consent, thousands of weavers across Krishna district have entered into an agreement with the master weaver, relying on the latter for financial support. The master weaver is otherwise a money lender and owns handloom work sheds at the village level.

The system had taken its toll in tiny towns of Pedana, Kappaladoddi, and Polavaram in Krishna district, forcing hundreds of weavers out of the industry.

Under the NHDP, a weaver who owns 100 yards of land would be financially assisted to construct a work shed, apart from being trained in designing.

In 2015 December, the State government announced a loan waiver of Rs.110 crore for weavers and the beneficiaries had also been identified in the district.

Guduru mandal in Krishna district has the highest number of weavers, reportedly supplying their products to renowned textile firms in Indian cities.

“Our products are in great demand in the cities, mostly in South India. Timely encouragement from the government by setting up clusters will bring us better orders and new identity for products,” opined a few weavers of Pedana town.

A Pedana-made fabric, which is woven with yarn dyed with natural colours, is being considered for the status of Indian Handloom Brand tag.



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