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Tangaliya weavers to get government support in purchasing looms

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-01-20 17:00:00 – Ahmedabad

Government of India will be providing support to the Tangaliya weavers in Surendranagar district of Gujarat for purchasing looms, with an assistance amounting to 90% of the price of looms. Tangaliya is a 700-year-old indigenous weave of Gujarat which employs an exquisite technique of weaving, using raw wool yarn.

The Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Iraniduring her interaction with Tangaliya weaver in Surendranagar district of Gujarat and upon listening to their concerns, she made this announcement yesterday evening.

The Minister also announced the formation of a special association of Tangaliya workers, which will work for their interest. Expressing appreciation for the Tangaliya embroidery, Smt. Irani said that the work needs to be marketed through international platforms; she requested the district administration to make proper arrangements for the same.

The Minister appealed to fashion designers to use the Tangaliya art work for their fashionable garments. She also spoke of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, exhorting weavers to avail its benefits.

The Minister also visited Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA), in Ahmedabad. Smt. Irani commended the achievements of the institute and directed the officials to devise a scheme for the benefit of small and medium industries.

Tangaliya a dotted woven textile of Surendranagar district, Saurashtra is found only in Gujarat, is usually worn as a wraparound skirt by the women of the Bharwad shephered community. Tangalia designs are used for preparing Shawl, Dupatta, Dress material and products of Home décor and accessories such as bedsheets, pillow covers etc. The patterns formed during weaving process to create design in dots for floral and geometrical motifs by using cotton or woolen yarn.

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