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Kerala floods leave centuries-old handloom industry under threat of ‘extinction’

Chendamangalam's handloom industry has a long history behind its origin. The industry has been associated with the feudal family of Paliam. In its early days, the handloom clothes were only meant for members of the Paliam family.

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While floodwaters have receded in the small town of Chendamangalam, in North Paravur (36km from Kochi), it now faces a possibility of losing its centuries-old tradition of handloom textiles. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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The stock of finished products and other material prepared for the Onam festival market was fully destroyed in the flood. Torrential downpours began hammering Kerala on August 8, setting off devastating floods across the state. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Chendamangalam's handloom industry has a long history behind its origin, the industry has been associated with the feudal family of Paliam. In it's early days, the handloom clothes were only meant for members of the Paliam family. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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The historic traditional handloom sector was already facing several threats that included the rise of power looms and depletion of manpower to other lucrative sectors across the state. The floods have added another additional blow to the sector. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Five societies, under which around 600 weavers were employed, have lost finished textile products, traditional weaving instruments and a huge stock of thread and dye units in the deluge. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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According to TS Baby, president of Paravur Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society, "The loss for five societies would amount to approximately Rs 15 crore, the amount may not appear to be big, But, if the sector is not revived, it would mean the death of this traditional craft, which recently got the GI (Geographical Indication) tag.’’ (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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The state of Kerala witnessed heavy Torrential downpours that resulted in massive floods and landslides across the state, killing more than 480 people. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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"The flood has left nothing in showrooms, handlooms and dyeing units,’’ says P A Sajan, secretary of the Chendamangalam Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)