K.R.Pushpam Complex, Aarthi Theatre Road, Dindigul, 624001
Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti

                         Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti

In the Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti is a small town. There are many tourist attractions in the town, such as Vadipatti Matha Shrine, Athoor Kamarajar Dam, Sirumalai Hills, Kutladampatti Water Falls, Athisayam Theme Park, and several resorts and houses on the lake.

The Festival of Alagar also attracts a lot of crowds to the city.

The raging pandemic in Chinnalapatti has doomed the future of weavers and has been a huge obstacle for many survivors.

Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti
Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti

 There is no production on the one hand, and on the other, the finished items have been languishing for at least 100 days in their houses. There’s no income for the weavers, but merchants who supply raw materials such as wool pester them for payment.

Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti Since time immemorial, close to 5,000 people out of a total population of 40,000 in Chinnalapatti have been directly dependent on weaving. The town is renowned for its superior texture and top-class finishing of sungudi and kora saris, which even in far off locations such as Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh are most sought after by customers.

There are about eight societies where weavers are members. The industries send them yarn every week or fortnight and they, in turn, weave the saris and sell the finished goods and earn payment based on the standard.

Chinnalapatti is a municipal town with a total population of around 26285 (as per 2011 census) in Dindigul district , Tamil Nadu in India. For the handloom sarees and clothes, the town is well renowned. The place is situated next to the hills of Sirumalai, which has a lot of farmland with grapes.

The majority of people in Chinnalapatti are conservative Hindus and traditional festivals are held.

Kalla Alagar, North Street Muthalamman, Bheedhi Devru Mokku (street worship of God in Kannada) and the Sri Ramalinga Sowdeeswari Amman Festival are notable festivals.

Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti They also celebrate Kamayasamy, the annual “Cupid-the God of Love” festival, a celebration that has been held for the past 140 years. It lasts for twelve days and finishes with a full moon.

Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti
Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti

Things have slipped from poor to worse since the pandemic broke out and governments proclaimed lockdown on March 25, and survival has become a huge question mark. “It’s still far away to resume our jobs. It’s hard to get the gruel to keep ourselves alive, they say.

More than 6,981 houses are lodged in Chinnalapatti Town Panchayat, which offers basic facilities, including water and sewage. It is allowed to construct roads and enforce taxes within the boundaries of the Town Panchayat.

Confined indoors without any function for long days, they have no idea when normalcy will be returned.Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti.

Cooptex procures sungudi saris from the weavers at regular times and dispatches them to various cities and other regions. The kora and sungudi saris are likewise purchased by several private textile chain stores and showrooms in Chennai and Kancheepuram.

This is Adi and during this month, we would have sold at least one lakh saris as female folks heading to temple festivals to buy them. With the closure of the temples, there were no instructions, says K.R. Parameswaran, a weaver and founder of the Weavers’ Society of Anjugam.

Not only has the closure hit weavers, but also those relying on the firm. For eg, because of limitations on obtaining e-passes, the saris can not be transported even to other districts within the state, says Asokan, a weaver with the Kamala Nehru Weavers’ Society.

Dindigul district, Chinnalapatti For customers in Kancheepuram district, he weaves Amman style saris. Washermen, when they provide starch, have also been badly affected, he points out.

Customers are fond of Amman saris from Coimbatore, Udamalpet, Tirupur, Palani and other places, printed with red and yellow borders symbolising shrine colours and idols. This year, he continues, the orders put around March never arrived, resulting in a horrible defeat.

DMK MLA I. Periasami, who represents the Electorate of the Athoor Assembly, has called on the State Government and the Ministry of Handlooms at the Centre to provide 10,000 monetary assistance by societies to each weaver.

The state government must also withdraw the saris from weavers and release payments, which, he says, will give them a much-needed breather.

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