The recurring lockdowns in textile manufacturing states has started affecting small-scale weavers in the country. Especially affected are the weavers operating in Coimbatore and Tirrupur districts who are unable to supply cotton fabrics to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi, says Velusamy, a powerloom weaver at Palladam in Tiruppur district. This led to stocking of goods by suppliers.
Though the Northern and Western states have relaxed restrictions, industries in Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts are not permitted to operate. This prevents weavers from producing goods. It also impacts supply of yarn as the small-scale textile mills are shut. This is likely to lead to price fluctuations and disrupt business cycles, says Velusamy.
Textile mills in these districts supply part of the yarn produced to the weaving units in the State and the rest to Maharashtra. Though they have resume supplies, cotton prices have increased steeply in the last two weeks. Further, demand in Maharashtra has shot up. These factors are likely to result in a hike in yarn prices. While the larger mills have stocked cotton, the other mills, especially those in the small-scale sector are unable to buy cotton due to their high prices.