Berhampur, Aug 29 (LocalWire): After months of losses incurred by traders and weavers engaged in selling Berhampuri patta sarees, Dussehra has brought a rope of hope.
Numerous weavers and cooperative societies dealing with the peculiar Berhampur patta sarees are now waiting for the Dussehra festival season for a plum business.
The sales of the Geographical Indication (GI) certified designs have suffered a severe blow in the last six months due to the subsequent lockdown and shutdown in Ganjam district.
“In the last four months, we have been able to sell products worth only Rs 2 lakh” said J Prakash Rao, secretary of the Berhampur Cotton and Silk Weavers’ Cooperative Society. He said the society still has stocks of the products worth Rs 15 lakh, as they could not sell it.
Similarly the stocks of the patta worth from Rs 17 to Rs 20 lakh were lying in the outlets of other two societies- Choudhswari Silk Weavers’ Cooperative Society and Berhampur silk weavers’ cooperative society, sources said.
Since April, these two societies have only sold the patta worth about Rs 4 to Rs 5 lakh.
In spite of almost nil sales, the societies give order to their members of weaving of the sarees by providing the silk yarn and according to the wages and expecting the market would be picked up after Dusshera festival.