- Local women get jobs in the plant and earn Rs. Earned up to 10 thousand and became a foothold
- At present 1000 kg of silk is being processed monthly in Surendranagar district alone in the state
- In Gujarat, only 50-60 per cent of the total demand is being processed
Silk yarn used as a raw material in Gujarati Patola always had to be imported. But Gujarat’s first silk processing plant is booming in Surendranagar district. Seeing that, Gujarat will gradually become self-sufficient in silk yarn production. Gujarat’s first silk processing plant has been started in Surendranagar district in collaboration with the Khadi and Village Industry Commission set up by the Central Government to take Gujarat’s Patola to the world stage. It involves processing cocoons from Karnataka and West Bengal and processing silk yarn at the plant. Which is boosting sales along with reducing the production cost of Patola sarees. The plant, which is spread over 3000 square feet, is processing 1000 kg of silk monthly. The plant operating in a single shift costs Rs. It has set a target of producing 2 crore silk yarns.
Sanjay Hedau, State Director and Deputy CEO, KVIC, said that if the plant becomes operational in 3 shifts, the annual cost will be Rs. 5 crore silk processing capacity. The processing of cocoons, which are considered raw materials of silk from Bangalore, Karnataka, has increased the capacity of Patola growers. Also making local women self-reliant. The plant, which started in January, has so far invested Rs 60 lakh. It is supplying 50 to 60 per cent of the total silk demand, an official said.
Women are earning an average of Rs 10,000
At the Silk Processing Plant, the women of the area are earning a monthly income of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. A woman working in the plant said that earlier she had done household and written work for Rs. Were earning up to 1500. The plant has been able to become self-sufficient by starting work in one shift and earning up to Rs 9000 per month.
Gujarat will be self-sufficient with less investment, more employment
Sanjay Hedau, State Director, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, said that there are 40 institutions in the silk segment in Gujarat. Which employs more than 2000 women. 52 organizations working with Khadi Village Industries are employing 5000 people. With the mantra of more employment with less investment, KVIC will provide employment in Gujarat with the growth of silk processing.
Patola’s popularity increased through online medium
The Patola trade based on local sales is gaining popularity in India as well as abroad. Also getting one to two orders a year from abroad. Normally a family producing Patola used to sell 5-7 Patola annually which is increasing to 8-10 Patola today. The trend is gradually increasing.