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DESI - Saviour of neglected handloom sector announces awards
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May '09
The otherwise neglected handloom weavers community has found a benefactor in DESI, an acronym for “Developing Ecologically Sustainable Industry”, a charitable trust, set up by well known fashion designers, artists and writers is trying to uplift the handloom weaving community in the state of Karnataka.

DESI has announced awards it gives away to organisations and people connected to the handloom sector. A committee of experts headed by the Joint Director in the department of handloom and textiles had selected the awardees on the basis of their contribution to the handloom sector.

Shri Shakambhari Weavers' Co-operative Society of Sulebhavi in Hungund taluk of Bagalkot district, Handloom Weavers' Co-operative Society of Gajendragad in Gadag district, T V Hasilkar of Guledgudda of Bagalkot district and designer Gopikrishna of Belgaum have been selected for the award.

Founding member of DESI trust, Prasanna, a noted theatre personality while announcing the awardees said, “Handloom is not a dying industry as is being projected generally and naturally dyed handloom fabric is in fact the fabric of the future, but because of a disconnect between the market place and the rural handloom production system, the scenario is appalling for the poor weaver”.

He added by saying, “Weavers are quitting the profession and migrating to the cities in hordes and in order to encourage weavers to continue weaving, DESI has introduced a productivity-linked bonus scheme for all the workers connected with the sector, which will be in addition to the wages they get from their respective societies,"

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