Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
The exploration on the current state of affairs of handloom weavers in Salem district
Author(s): Dr. S Lakshmi Manokari, Dr. N Gayathri, B Malathi
Abstract: The Handloom is a traditional enterprise of India and it affords employment possibilities to thousands and thousands of people inside the rural and semi-rural areas of our country. After industrialization, the handloom enterprise has been declining. The private handloom weavers face problems in their livelihood, in the course of weaving and lack the government support. The Government has provided many schemes to the handloom weavers. Out of the 17 welfare schemes allocated for the weavers, it’s entirely utilized by the Co-operative society weavers and only 10 schemes are available to the private weavers. The data have been collected through the schedule (n=392) and in-depth interview (n=18). This paper analyzed the significant association between monthly income and livelihood issues, expected profit and government support, type of raw material used for weaving and problems faced during weaving, experience and number of looms owned, type of products weaved and duration of weaving. It is found that there is a significant association between monthly income and livelihood issues, expected profit and government support, product weaved and product weaving time of the handloom weavers. It was known that there was a lack of awareness among the private weavers regarding the schemes offered by the Government that are available for them. Through In-depth interview some exclusive weavers’ problems were identified.