The weaving of pashmina in Varanasi will start from January of next year.
This is the very first attempt to bring the heritage craft of pashmina weaving outside of J&K and to familiarize artisans across the rest of India with this unique art, India’s Ministry of Micro, Small and Small Business said. Medium Enterprises in a press release.
Pashmina wool products, which are indigenous to India’s high altitude regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, will now also be made in Varanasi. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) enlisted 4 Khadi institutions from Varanasi and Ghazipur districts in Uttar Pradesh to process raw pashmina wool and weave it into woolen cloth.
About twenty Khadi artisans from Varanasi will receive a 30-day training in Pashmina weaving. The four Khadi institutions of the Varanasi division have started processing raw pashmina wool in Delhi. Almost 200 kg of processed pashmina wool in Delhi will be supplied to artisans in Leh by the first week of December. These craftsmen from Leh will spin the wool which will be brought to Varanasi for weaving by the end of December.
The development comes after a meeting of Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman of KVIC, with the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur recently, where LG informed that around 50 tons of raw pashmina are produced in Leh-Ladakh per year, of which, after cleaning and treatment, only 15 tonnes of shaved wool are actually used for the production of pashmina wool products. Even in only 15 MT of shaved pashmina wool, a meager amount of 500 kg, or only 0.5 MT, is used in Leh-Ladakh by a few small units manufacturing pashmina products, resulting in job losses. in Ladakh.
The Pashmina Raw Wool Processing Center in Delhi will provide year round supply of traveling pashmina to artisans in Leh-Ladakh where all activities will be suspended for six months due to the extreme cold.
KVIC, after a one-month training, provided 100 new models of 8-spindle charkhas to local artisans in 4 villages of Leh-Ladakh to start pashmina wool spinning activities. KVIC also supplied 25 high quality 48 inch wide looms to Leh, which will not only minimize weaving effort for artisans but also produce all sizes of fabric.
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