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Chattisgarh silk weavers to get skill upgradation training

Silk weavers in Chattisgarh will get skill up-gradation training in silk weavers at four block handloom silk clusters - Baloda, Navagarh, Dabra and Babnidih in Janjgir-Champa district to promote handloom silk industry. The training will be imparted by the Department of Rural Industries, government of Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Textiles has sanctioned six handloom clusters for the state.

Tussar silk is produced at Bastar, Surguja, Korba and other parts of the state. Cocoon is grown on sal, saja and arjuna trees. Tribals collect cocoon from these trees and later they sell in local markets. Tussar fabric weavers procure cocoon from local markets. Cocoon is boiled and silk fiber is produced. Raigarh and Janjgir-Champa are two major districts of tussar fabric production. Champa, Baloda, Shakti, Chandrapur, Seoni, Kurda, Amoda, Choriya and Birra in Janjgir-Champa district are dense silk weaver pockets while Raigarh city, Murra, Sarangarh, Loying, Kabirnagar and Tarpali are dense silk weaver pockets in Raigarh district.

Home furnishing, dress materials, dupatta, shawl and other items are major production at Champa while Raigarh town, Chandrapur and Sarangarh are major tussar silk sari production centres. Every year, around 350 metric tonne silk yarn is prepared in Chhattisgarh. Around 60 crores direct or indirect export is done through tussar silk and around 53 lakh meter kosa silk is prepared every year in the state. Thousands of rural people depend on handloom industry.