The Government of India has adopted a Cluster approach for afocused development of Handloom weavers. Office of Development Commissioner Handlooms,Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, took imperative step to nurture,promote and develop the exclusiveness of the handloom sector. In the first phase20 Pilot clusters were selected across 12 States of the country. Several innovativestrategic approaches brought the success to its credit under the four year programme.The turn around story of the Chanderi Cluster was one of them. For thedevelopment of Chanderi Cluster, the weavers of Chanderi were organized intosmall Self Help Groups which further formed a federation i.e.; Chanderi HandloomsCluster Development Company Limited, ensuring the participation and transparencyfor realizing the benefits to its weaver members.

With focused intervention activities past 3 years in theareas of raw material procurement, design development, process up-gradation,dying & coloring, direct marketing & Exports throughBuilding/Strengthening of institutions, up scaling the facilities availableinfrastructure was strengthened by ensuring quality dyeing the in house dyehouses using VAT, Acid and Vegetable Dyes. A fully equipped Common FacilityCentre was constructed in an area of 3000 sq. ft. to provide facilities foroperating colour & yarn bank; testing of yarn & fabric; showcasing newdesigns; sample development and other facilities to local weavers at nominal operatingcharges, with the help of Public & Commercial service providers, Chandericluster achieved positive growth thereby improving well being of more than 2500Handloom weavers & their families through social security by way of HealthInsurance cover worth Rs.15000/- to the weaver and his family and life insurancecover to the Handloom weavers & families.

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