National Brand Boost For State Handloom Products

 Handloom Superior quality handloom products from Odisha will soon be available under the ‘India Handlooms’ brand launched by the centre to improve their marketability.

High quality, defect-free products catering to the needs of high-end customers will be included under this national brand.

“The brand has been developed under the concept of ‘Made in India’ with emphasis on zero defect and zero impact on the environment. The brand will endorse the quality of products, purity of designs and ensure best value for money on handloom products to consumers,” a senior officer in the handlooms and textiles department said.

Weavers, master weavers, co-operative societies, retailers, exporters and other organizations involved in handloom related activities can seek registration for their products under this brand. A team of experts nominated by the Development Commissioner for Handlooms will include the new products under the brand after on-site verification. The registration will be valid for three years.

The products will be evaluated on various parameters such as count of yarns, construction of the product, fiber content like cotton, silk, pashmina and wool, colour fastness, usage of natural dyes, type of zari and other embellishments. Besides, adherence to labour laws such as zero use of child labour, environment protection and pollution check will also be looked into.

“It is a good initiative by the centre to include all quality products under one national brand. It will help give exposure to weavers and improve their living conditions,” Panchanan Meher, a weaver said.

Handloom products of Odisha have a huge demand outside the state. Through e-commerce portals, handloom cooperative societies such as Boyanika, Utkalika and Sambalpuri Bastralaya have already done business worth Rs 2 crore in the last two years. So far, handloom products from Odisha such as Bomkai, Kotpad, Baluchari, Muga Silk, Khandua, Berhampuri, Odisha Ikats have been included under the India Handlooms’ brand.

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