Government of India will facilitate Tangaliya weavers in purchase of looms, by providing them an assistance amounting to 90 percent of the price of looms, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani announced this on Thursday while interacting with Tangaliya weavers in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.
Upon listening to their concerns, 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, Irani said that the work needs to be marketed through international platforms. The Minister asked the district administration to make proper arrangements for the same. She 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. While commending the achievements of the institute , she directed the officials to devise a scheme for the benefit of small and medium industries.
Tangaliya is a 700-year-old indigenous weave of Gujarat which employs an exquisite technique of weaving, using raw wool yarn. 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 & accessories such as bedsheets, pillow covers etc. The patterns formed during weaving process to creat design in dots for floral and geometrical motifs by using cotton or woolen yarn.