Government to Support Tangaliya Weavers

IAS Prelims 2023

Government of India will facilitate Tangaliya weavers in purchase of looms, by providing them an assistance amounting to 90% of the price of looms.

The Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani made this announcement during her interaction with Tangaliya weavers in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.

Tangaliya is a 700-year-old indigenous weave of Gujarat which employs an exquisite technique of weaving, using raw wool yarn.

Tangaliya a dotted woven textile of Surendranagar district, Saurashtra is found only in Gujarat, is usually worn as a wraparound skirt by the women of the Bharwad shephered community. Tangalia designs are used for preparing Shawl, Dupatta, Dress material and products of Home décor & accessories such as bedsheets, pillow covers etc. The patterns formed during weaving process to creat design in dots for floral and geometrical motifs by using cotton or woolen yarn.

Upon listening to their concerns, the Minister also announced the formation of a special association of Tangaliya workers, which will work for their interest.

Smt. Irani said that the work needs to be marketed through international platforms; she requested the district administration to make proper arrangements for the same.

The Minister appealed to fashion designers to use the Tangaliya art work for their fashionable garments.