Design studio planned at Co-optex to follow trends

It has been proposed to set up a design studio at Co-optex premises in the city at a cost of ₹10 crore, Minister of Looms and Textiles R. Gandhi told the Assembly on Thursday. ‘State.

The design studio would function as a networking center for international brands, assess fashion trends, conduct interaction between weavers and international buyers in addition to exploring opportunities to showcase the state’s products.

The department has allocated ₹10 crore to introduce 500 new designs in association with the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Chennai and Bengaluru. The ministry has offered to sign an agreement with clothing designers and companies for this purpose.

The department has allocated ₹50 lakh to train 50 designers from co-operative societies of weavers through the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, to develop garments and designs to meet the changing tastes of customers and the international market .

The department proposed to set up a fusion store called Handlooms of India at a cost of ₹10 crore to showcase the unique silk and cotton sarees from the state and across the country. Another ₹10 crore had been allocated to audit and document manual and mechanical looms in the state and geotag them. Each loom would be given barcodes with details of the loom, its owner, the type of products produced and programs for weavers.

Salary, retirement

The minister said that in 2021-22, the government sanctioned ₹33.09 crore to 27,285 elderly weavers, who each received an old age pension of ₹1,000. A sum of ₹1.61 crore had been sanctioned for the family pension of 1,251 hand weavers. The department has revised pre-craft wages for hand weavers by ₹6 per unit for sarees and ₹2 per unit for dhotis, Mr Gandhi said.

The Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society had sold products worth ₹171.90 crore through its showrooms and ₹135.47 crore through an online facility in 2021-22, the minister told the ‘Assembly.

Minister TM Anbarasan said the sericulture department has allocated ₹5.25 crore to encourage farmers to plant high yielding mulberry seedlings on 5,000 acres of land. Another ₹6 crore would be given as an incentive to enable 500 sericulture farmers to establish silkworm rearing facilities. Last year, 300 farmers were supported in this way.

Joseph E. Golightly