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Handicrafts: The Status

Handicrafts of the valley form an indispensable part of the lifestyle of the Kulluites. Kullu caps , shawls and pattus are articles of everyday wear.

The tradition of handicrafts is precedent. Though it arose as inevitability and artist's devotion for nature, these days it has taken the form of a fashion. With passing times variations in designs have occurred, the motifs have changed and so have the modes of processing altered.

People involved in handloom weaving monthly earn from Rs.1500 to Rs.3300. There are about 20000 to 22000 weavers in Kullu district of which 50% to 60% are regular weavers. The rest weave independently at home. Organized sector as handloom weaving co-operatives and big societies employ nearly 1000 weavers directly or indirectly. It has developed as a major cottage industry in the valley.

At present there are thousands of Kulluites involved in handloom weaving. With time more and more people are getting employment in this field. Government implements schemes for the upliftment of handloom and handicraft industry and the weavers.

  • It imparts training to weavers for their skill upgradation.
  • Development of marketing infrastructure (exhibitions in fairs and festivals).
  • Provides financial help to weavers in buying handlooms.
  • Helps the weavers financially in making showrooms.
  • Provides designers from NID, NIFT, etc. from improving designs.

Problems of the Industry:

Marketing of Products: The most vital problem faced by the handicraft industry is that of marketing their products.There is no definite organization or co-operative society or body occupied in supporting artisans in promoting their products. They set out their products as domestic consumption or against customary orders or in the local market.

Organizations as Himachal Handloom Handicrafts Development Corporation, CCIC and Marketing organizations may perhaps be given work in assisting the artisans in marketing their products as per holding meetings for the purchase of handicraft products directly from the artisans.

Finance: The rural artisans are poor and are unable to arrange the required investment. Consequently they can not purchase new tools and equipment and they can not avail to training facilities. The financial institutes may be advised to provide loans on concession rate of interest with easy terms and conditions.

Raw- Material: Procurement of raw- material is another major problem of the artisans. Non- availability of raw material at suitable time and in ample quantity and quality. Opening raw- material depots in craft concentration areas can solve this problem.

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