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Poor handloom weavers rake moolah in election season
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May '09
Handloom weavers in Tamil Nadu are busy in weaving hand towels with the symbols of political parties. In this summer, hundreds of handloom weavers here are helping politicians in their election campaigns by weaving towels with the party symbols.

Dhotis, sarees and towels carrying party symbols are among the hot favourites of party cadres and leaders. As compared to the last election, demand for hand towels has increased by two percent this time, informed a leading textile manufacturer.

These handloom weavers are receiving orders from textile traders in the capital city and from its neighboring districts as well. Election time means earning some extra money for these poor handloom weavers.

The handloom sector here has been seeing a noticeable decline. Due to power looms and other related factors the number of weavers has gone down considerably in a matter of just a few years and now most of the weavers are only women now.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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