The Nationwide Handloom Day is noticed yearly on August 7 to honour the handloom weavers and unfold consciousness on the significance of handloom trade in India.
Lakhs of households in Odisha have been incomes their livelihood in handloom sector for generations by producing wealthy works of arts whereas upholding the beautiful custom of the State. From conventional Bandha or Ikat Artwork to Sambalpuri sarees, the distinctive handiwork from the State continues to win the hearts of many throughout the globe.
Nonetheless, the continuing Covid pandemic and months of lockdown curbs has introduced handloom trade to a vital juncture in Odisha. With markets closed to promote their merchandise, many younger weavers within the State have been compelled to depart their legacy, jeopardising the standard artwork type of the State.
OTV got here up with the numerous such households of Petupali village beneath Sohela block of Bargarh district the place the pandemic disaster has damaged the spine of the standard weavers.
Geetanjali Meher, an area weaver says, “The calls for for clothes have come down because of the restrictions on gathering in marriages, funerals and different social features amid the continuing pandemic. Due to this fact, I request the federal government to chop down the charges of thread, colors and different uncooked supplies and enhance the worth of completed merchandise which is able to profit the weaver neighborhood,” she added.
“As a result of pandemic lockdown, markets had been closed resulting from which we had been unable to promote our merchandise and suffered losses. The administration ought to make preparations in order that we are able to proceed our commerce in a full-fledged method,” stated one other weaver, Dileswar Meher.
Reacting on the bottom report, Deputy Director of Textiles, Sishir Kumar Nagar instructed OTV that the Central and State Governments have chalked out many welfare methods for weavers in Bargarh which can be applied quickly.
“The weavers of Bargarh are being supplied with Mudra mortgage and work shed. The district administration can also be imparting them coaching with provide of weaving equipment like loom and uncooked supplies and photo voltaic models,” stated Nagar.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)