About 12 years back it was estimated that the numbers of weavers in Kutch exceeded 2000. Today the number has reduced to fewer than 1200 weavers. The biggest product of these weavers is shawls made of acrylic yarn. The price of the yarn has almost doubled in the last few years but the selling price has been almost same. This has greatly reduced the wages and profit after accounting for inflation. Many of the bigger weaver families diversified into other fibers like finer quality wool, cotton and silk. This has increased their income and stopped the decline to some extend. This however is at a very small level. More qualities of yarn, fiber and designs need to be introduced. One major bottle neck in weaving in other yarns is the non-availability of yarn in all colors. The dyeing done by the weavers is of very poor quality. No proper dyeing equipment is available. A resource center with proper dyeing facility of yarn will further enhance the competitiveness and quality of the Kutchi weavers.

Traditionally these weavers specialized in course count weaving. Due to shift in demand towards finer count fabric in cotton and wool they have become uncompetitive. A whole new range of fabric constructions and designs need to be developed in medium and course count which can be done by these artisans and embellished with their traditional designs. A range of products need to be made which uses these fabrics.


Tie And Dye(Bandhani)
Tie and Dye, popularly known as Bandhani, is a famous traditional handwork of the Kutch district.
Wood Carving
Wood carving has an ancient tradition in India. Beautiful woodwork is done on the occasion of marriages etc.
Leather Work
The leather puppets of Andhra Pradesh trace their origins back to around 200 B.C. travelled the countryside.
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