Orissa’s handlooms, textile and handicrafts will get a boost as the government plans to set up an apparel incubation center for promoting entrepreneurship in the apparel and garment sector. The three-seater 300 machine apparel incubation centre will provide employment opportunities for about 600 youths in the textile and garment sectors.
Meanwhile subsidy has been increased by 30 per cent for upgradation of the power loom sector and for the benefit of small weavers. The necessary financial support will be extended to power loom units struggling for survival. Orissa has some 1500 functional power looms. Most power looms are facing a raw material shortage and weavers are not able to afford the high cost of yarn in the market.
Yarn banks will be set up in all power loom centers and clusters so that weavers can get their raw materials in enough quantities and at reasonable prices. This will also help weavers plan their production program in advance. Market linkages will be developed for their products. A textile museum is being set up on 12 acres. It will showcase the traditional handlooms and handicrafts of the state. Orissa’s tradition of handicrafts is diverse. Inspired by Hindu myths, Mughal designs, tribal folktales, and nature, Orissa’s crafts are worked in metal, cloth, and stone.