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Providing impetus to handloom weavers

Image result for handloom textilesAt a time when the demand for handloom textiles is on the decline, the Tamil Nadu handloom textiles department has launched a 15-day exhibition to provide impetus to the ailing industry.State minister for tourism Vellamandi N Natarajan inaugurated the exhibition at GVK Mini Hall at Woraiyur on Saturday.The handloom industry took a beating as weavers were unable to cope with the emerging trends in the garments industry. "The preference for handloom textiles is declining as people find items made in the power loom more attractive. The introduction of GST has also increased the price of handloom textiles," said PV Ramasamy, a weaver from Karur.Thathaingarpettai on the outskirts of Trichy was once famous for its hand-woven dhotis.

However, the introduction of power loom ruined the sector as weavers found it difficult to compete with the sheer volume produced by the machines."Former chief minister MGR was fond of dhotis from Thathaingarpettai. Now, there are around 75 weavers in our area who have continued with the business. Over 400 weavers have abandoned the business.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/providing-impetus-to-handloom-weavers/articleshow/59613019.cms

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