Government to support Tangaliya weavers in purchasing looms

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Government of India will facilitate Tangaliya weavers in purchase of looms, by providing them an assistance amounting to 90% of the price of looms.

About Tangaliya:

  • Tangaliya is a 700-year-old indigenous weave of Gujarat which employs an exquisite technique of weaving, using raw wool yarn.
  • Tangaliya a dotted woven textile of Surendranagar district, Saurashtra is found only in Gujarat.
  • It is usually worn as a wraparound skirt by the women of the Bharwad shephered community.
  • Tangalia designs are used for preparing Shawl, Dupatta, Dress material and products of Home décor & accessories such as bedsheets, pillow covers etc.
  • The patterns formed during weaving process to create design in dots for floral and geometrical motifs by using cotton or woolen yarn.
  • The shawls are woven in pit looms at homes and knot a contrast color thread with the warp, which are woven into the textile to create the effect of raised dots, which have become the signature style of the textile. Besides dots, several, geometric patterns are also created.
  • A Tangaliya Shawl is a handwoven, GI protected shawl and textile made by the Dangasia community from Schedule Caste in Gujarat, India.
  • In 2007, with the help of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in Gandhinagar, the Tangaliya Hastkala Association (Tangaliya Handicraft Association) was formed, which included 226 Tangaliya weavers from five villages as members.
  • Over the subsequent years, NIFT conducted workshops for skill building, quality control and design development.
  • Eventually, the Tangaliya Hastkala Association (THA) received GI registration status.
  • These days, the textile is used for dupatta, dress material and home furnishing products like bedsheets and pillow covers.
  • Instead of traditional cotton or sheep wool yarn, merino wool and eri silk are used.