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A special exhibition of handloom products, organised by the District Administration to mark National Handloom Day on August 7, was inaugurated by District Collector T.N. Hariharan at the Collectorate on Tuesday.

He said that a similar exhibition was on at Sirumugai Devangar marriage hall. Medical camps were held for weavers at Pollachi Kulathupalayam and Sirumugai.

Next to agriculture, handloom provided the most number of jobs in rural areas, the Collector said. By marketing more handloom products, jobs were created for weavers. Hence, the District Administration organised the one-day special sales.

The State Government was also implementing schemes such as distribution of saris, dhotis and school uniforms free of cost. These orders provided jobs to handloom weavers.

According to an official of the Handlooms and Textiles department here, 19 exhibitions were organised across the district in the last two months and handloom products worth nearly Rs. 90 lakh were sold. About 700 people benefited from the two medical camps. The weavers and their family members underwent eye tests, general check up, and counselling. Those in need of further treatment were referred to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. The district has nearly 20,000 registered handloom weavers and the process for registration will go on for another week, the official said.

Source : The Hindu

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