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Handloom Industry of Panipat

Handloom Industry in PanipatApart from that major historical battle and the popular pickle industry, Panipat is also known for its handloom industry. The city boasts about a huge range of carpets and textiles that it manufactures under various brands. You will find the best quality carpets and blankets here as the city is a home to the country’s most successful handloom industry. Panipat is the biggest center that produces very reasonable and good quality blankets. These blankets manufactured here are sent to the armed soldiers; the soldiers guarding our borders under most difficult of situations, like Siachen. The massive production of handloom stuff is exported within as well as across the borders. Panipat is known to be using the recycled yarn for producing a variety of handloom products. The products include blankets, carpets, rugs, quilts, baby blankets, bed sheets, bed-spreads, curtains, cotton durries and mats of various kinds.

Contribution of Handloom Industry to the Economy of Haryana

Handloom Products

According to the reports generated by the Directorate of Industries, Chandigarh, the share of Panipat exports has consistently been increasing; starting from 84.04 percent in 1992 to 94.28 percent in 2008. As per the reports by Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2009-2010, among the major exporters of carpet and floor covering products, India proudly held fifth position with the value of exported goods to be 978190 USD thousand, and 8.5 percent share in world exports.  Unfortunately, owing to the tough competition with China, India’s position as an exporter of home furnishings, has been gradually getting down to second, with China topping the list and Turkey, Vietnam and Germany getting the third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively. 

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Handloom Industry -A Major Source of Employment

Employment in the handloom industry in Panipat

The huge handloom industry of Panipat is serving as a major source of employment, not only for the local people but also for the people belonging to other states. Over the decades, people in large numbers have been coming here in search of secured jobs. They get into jobs here and then settle here on a permanent basis. The labor gets far better wages in comparison with what is paid by other industries or employers. They pay on daily basis. Every year, more and more people join this industry.

Not only this, the city also has a reputed institute – the Institute of Practical Textile Training for those aspiring to join this industry at higher levels.

The successful establishment and functioning of this industry largely depended upon various means that were always available in the city. These means includes railways, roadways and adequate container storage that helps in storage of the products and its export. The logistics play a very important role in importing things required for the manufacture and exporting the done up goods on time. 

Clientele of Handloom Industry of Panipat

The products are manufactured by a number of small scale setups that work under this industry. The products manufactured in handloom industry of Panipat are exported not only to the Indian states, but also to other countries. There are many dealers of these products who are responsible for distributing these products under various brand names like Renova based in Ludhiana and Golden Texo Fab Private Limited.

Problems faced by Handloom Industry of Panipat

Till the past decade, the industry was making a good business, as ever. But today, the industry is facing a deep setback. The factor responsible for this, is the extent to which Chinese products have been grabbing the grounds in Indian and international markets. The cheap and colorful Chinese products are drawing attention of Indian and foreign consumers. This has very adversely affected the clientele of handloom industry of Panipat. Today, the small scale units upon which the handloom industry of Panipat largely depended, are striving hard to save their own existence. Many of them have already been closed down. The speciality range of durries, carpets, curtains that represented the exquisite Indian furnishing products in international markets is replaced by the huge inflow of these Chinese products.

As per the recent reports, the regular turnover of Panipat’s handloom industry has fallen to 40 percent of the previous turnover which used to be Rs. 20,000 crores. The government of China has let no stone unturned to support its handloom industry while in India, the industry pays lots of taxes. Other than this, many more issues like power cut-downs has given a heavy blow to the overall production. The increasing duration of power cuts has led to the increasing usage of generators that has been proving to be very costly, exceeding the budget assigned for the same. 

Aid by the Government to Panipat Handloom Industry

Handloom Fair in Panipat

To facilitate the sustenance and growth of Panipat Handloom Industry, the Ministry of Textiles established Weavers Service Center in Panipat. The center has an adequately equipped structure that has three technical rooms comprising of weaving room, designing room, dying and printing room. A highly qualified and technically sound team of people operates here. They help the weavers learn many new intricacies of weaving and designing for a better output. The establishment aims at upgrading the skills, technical assistance and diversification of products. It is committed to provide technical support by means of giving inputs to the weavers on design, technical guidance in terms of weaving, printing and dying.

The center is also into organizing workshops and training classes for weavers giving them enough idea about various designs, advancements in weaving and lots more. Not only this, these weavers are given time to time nominations for their active participation in fetes or melas like Dilli haat, Surajund Craft’s Mela of Faridabad and Taj Mahotsav of Agra. This helps them showcase their talent and skill and get much deserved recognition in the market. 

Panipat has earned a big name in being home to one of the most popular industry of India. It has been contributing a substantial share in the national income and reputation. Today, the industry needs a strong support from both the government and consumers.

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