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Price hike in raw materials hits handloom sector
Jan '11
Increase in the prices of raw materials particularly silk yarn and tusser have adversely affected the handloom industry of India and thousands of weavers who earn their livelihood from this sector.

The various handloom products represent the rich cultural heritage of the country and have been duly recognized and accepted not only in India but across the globe for their rich artistic designs, color patterns, brilliant craftsmanship and strength.

But the handloom sector is now facing serious threat from the soaring raw material prices which have increased stupendously over the past few months.

The silk yarn prices have increased more than two times over the last six months from Rs 1600 to Rs 3300 per kg. Likewise, cotton yarn prices have also increased by several folds.

The surge in the prices of raw materials particularly cotton and silk yarn have also raised the prices of the finished products and has significantly influenced the weavers and the cooperative societies involved in the production of handloom items.

In the meantime, the weavers have made an appeal to their respective cooperative societies to raise their wages. Currently, the weavers earn on an average Rs 900 to weave a single piece of patta. They have been demanding 25 percent increase in their wages.

The increase in the prices of the handloom products has substantially affected their sales and people now prefer the low-priced powerloom products.

The government should intervene into the matter and provide the necessary help required to improve the condition of the weavers across the country.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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