‘Overseas training would uplift handloom industry’ | Daily News


‘Overseas training would uplift handloom industry’

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil urged authorities to provide overseas training for local people who are engaged in handloom textile industry in order to uplift the industry.

He was inaugurating the ‘Peladiga Salu 2019’ – Handloom Expo at the Lionel Wendt Art Centre in Colombo last week.

Speaking further, Governor Muzammil pointed out that President Mathripala Sirisena has done his best for the improvement of small and medium-sized industries to boost local production despite his restricted powers. He said, in spite of several challenges, the President is keen on helping local handloom producers to encourage their entrepreneurship.

“Our local products are popular among foreign tourists who visit Sri Lanka, due to their quality,” the Governor said, pointing out that extended support from the Government would help both the country and producers to develop their respective businesses.

Western Province Governor Muzammil said such support from the Government for local industries would also be a boost to the economy of the country and would further reduce the imports by cutting down the foreign exchange that goes out of the country.

Sri Lanka’s handloom textile industry is centuries old. The industry has helped showcase the undying creativity of generations of Sri Lankans taking them to the international arena. A range of designs and colours, individual and innovative designs, craftsmanship, colour combination and patterns are handed down from generation to generation.

The handloom textile industry is a highly labour-intensive, export-oriented, rural-based industry in Sri Lanka. The industry produces predominantly cotton and silk products, utilising cotton and silk yarn. Generally, with low capital costs and running expenses, handloom is a household or cottage industry, where skilled hands create value-added products.

Another feature is that the industry has the flexibility to supply both in small quantities and in larger quantities as well as styles to fit individual tastes and requirements of different buyers from various cultures. There is immense potential for the use of alternative raw materials, abundantly available in Sri Lanka.

Chief Secretary Pradeep Yasaratne and Industries Department Director General L.A.S Ranganie were also present at the event.

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