Berhampur, July 31 (LocalWire): The lockdown and various restrictions imposed by the state government due to corona outbreak has hit makers of famous silk sarees in the southern town of Berhampur, the weavers said on Friday.
While three weavers’ cooperative societies deal with the Berhampuri Patta.
Some cooperatives deal with silk clothes, many weavers make business on their own by weaving the pattas.
Berhampuri patta has been accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) for its unique design.
“In the last four-months, we have sold sarees worth only Rs 2 lakh,” said J. Prakash Rao, Secretary of the Berhampur Cotton and Silk Weavers’ Cooperative Society.
He said that the society had stock of the products worth Rs 15 lakh, as they could not sell.
Similarly, stock of patta sarees worth Rs 17 to Rs 20 lakh is lying in the outlets of other two societies- Chowdeshwari Silk’ Cooperative Society and Berhampur silk weavers’ cooperative society, sources said.
Since April, these two societies have only sold patta sarees worth Rs 4 to 5 lakh.
During the lockdown period, we had only sold through online, said K. Appa Rao, Secretary of Berhampur Silk Weavers’ Cooperative Societies.
In spite of almost nil sales, the societies have given orders to their members for weaving the sarees.
They have also provided them with the silk yarn and the wages, and are expecting the market to pick up after the Dussehra festival.
“We have ordered the sarees from the weavers to provide them with livelihood amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” said Prakash.
Several weavers’ families in the city are eking out their livelihoods by weaving the sarees, he said.