While Kerala is engaged in rehabilitation on a war footing, comes the saddening news that the well known handloom weavers of Chendamangalam, Ernakulam district have been severely hit by the floods. With around 80% destruction, the fear is that the famous Chendamangalam handloom brand may be wiped out if they are not given financial support immediately. The government must step in and grant remedial measures so that this industry can revive its great tradition and carry on.
According to the President of the Paravur Handloom Development Corporation both Paravur and Chendamangalam weavers have suffered 80% losses to the tune of around Rs 15 crore. He added that this is the highest losses ever incurred by this sector in the state because of a natural calamity. Sheds, looms and huge stocks of raw materials have all been destroyed. More than 300 people have lost their means of livelihood. These people who were preserving a great tradition of Kerala must be given relief and aid as soon as possible else this weaving centre will change into a memory.
Along with Balaramapuram, Kuthampally and Kasargode, Chendamangalam has been one of the four main weaving centres of the traditional Kerala handloom. It is imperative that it be saved, necessary that it’s handloom with coloured borders, less kasavu [gold] and simple patterns be preserved.