Kerala plans garment production centres for women artisans

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Kochi: The Government of Kerala will actively consider setting up garment production centres for 200 women artisans who are currently undergoing six months of intensive training in textile ornamentation under the Kerala Artisans Development Corporation (KADCO).

This was announced by the Minister for Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty during an interaction with the trainee women and garment industrialists organised by KADCO today. “The government is ready to provide the necessary infrastructure for setting up such centres in Thrissur and Ernakulam. All the women gathered here have good expertise in this field either by tradition or training. What they need is buyers for their products. The government is actively considering establishing small production units at the panchayat level to help the women artisans.”

Leading textile groups including Jolly Silks, Chakolas and Kalyan Silks extended support to the women at the interactive session hosted by the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development at Kalamassery, opening new business opportunities to them.

The artisans displayed their handiwork to representatives of leading garment manufacturers and sellers taking part in the session. KADCO is hoping that the industry experts’ assessment of their skills and work will help improve the training programme, open up employment and business opportunities for the trainees and enable them to adopt industry best practices.

A welfare organisation formed in 1981, KADCO initiated a training programme for the women in March this year under the guidance of the Directorate of Industries and Commerce in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts with focus on garment-making using traditional and contemporary designs indigenous to Kerala, promoting local resources.

The participants have been learning basic ornamentation, hand embroidery, ornamentation work on bridal net cloth and shawls, pattern-making and other skills.

KADCO Chairman, K Purushothaman noted that the corporation, until some five months ago, had most of the women participants in its training programme limited to domestic duties in their households. “Today they are designers and artists whose works can compete with the best professionals in the textile industry,” he said.

KADCO Managing Director, Abhishek C said the goal of their project was to reduce the dependence of Kerala’s textile manufacturing sector on professionals in other states for designing, ornamentation, embroidery and other value additions.

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