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Tiruvanamalai cluster preserves five centuries old handloom tradition
Jun '11
Tamil Nadu has a unique name for its traditional handloom weaving. The handloom sector plays an important role for economic growth of Tamil Nadu. It preserves the state's rich culture and heritage.

Holy abode of Lord Siva - Tiruvanamalai is situated 172 kilometers from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by hills and reserve forest, Tiruvanamalai is famous for Arunachaleswarar Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram.

The handloom weaving tradition was started by Mudaliars more than 500 years back in Thiruvannamalai. However, at present, Thiruvannamalai town does not have any handlooms and the nearest handloom weaving location is 10 Kms away.

The products produced during those days were 20s Dhothy and Gada and Angavastram.

Vandavasi and Cheyyar are taluka headquarters in Thiruvannamalai District, which traditionally and hereditarily have handloom weaving villages.

Kilkodungalur, Vazoor, Ponnur, Kannagampoondipudur, Cittaragavurpudur, Vedal, Ammaiyappattu, Koviloor, Cheyyar, Vadamanapakkam and Hasanamapettai are the villages having handlooms since more than 100 years.

Merchants and master weavers who lived in the villages, gave yarn and wages and received finished goods from the weavers and marketed them in markets of Desur, Villupuram and Erode.

Weavers working under the master weavers started realizing benefits of co-operative movement and started forming co-operative societies in their villages which enabled them to have better life. Some weavers, who have not joined co-operative societies, are working for master weavers or exporters.

Tiruvanamalai though lesser known among other Tamil Nadu districts, produces bulk of India's silk apparels made by the people of Arni village in the same district and sarees also, of the same name.

Arni silk sarees, lungis, Kanchi cotton sarees, 60s cotton sarees, 2-ply towels and Diamond dhotis (2/40 x 20s), cotton and polycotton saris (suppliers of Govt. Free Distribution Scheme Sarees) and cotton Gada are staple offering from this cluster.

This self-reliant Tiruvanamalai cluster's products bear hallmark of quality and reasonable prices.

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