With an aim to bridge the skills gap and reduce the dependency of Kerala’s textile manufacturing sector on professionals of other states, Kerala Artisans Development Corporation (KADCO) is organising an interaction session on 29thAugust at nearby Kalamassery.
According to press release, the KADCO is imparting an explicit training to the artisans for six months, which will polish their skills and will help them achieve dexterity in their work. Around 200 women have been trained with basic training on ornamentation, hand embroidery, ornamentation work on bridal net cloth and shawls, pattern-making and other skills.
This brainstorming session aims to showcase the skills of its participants and will help them in exploring the lucrative business opportunities existing in the market. The function will be inaugurated by the Kerala IT and Industries minister P K Kunhalikutty, as the Chief Guest, while Public Works Minister, V K Ebrahim Kunju will be the Special Guest at the interaction hosted by Kerala Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (KIED). Through this event, the artisans will get a platform to display their artifacts to the representatives of leading garment manufacturers and sellers attending the session. KADCO is pinning hopes that this interaction will nurture the skills of artisans and will also help these artisans to explore the gateway of employment and business opportunities.
P H Kurian, IT secretary said, “The domestic and international textiles market is collectively worth around Rs 500,000 crore; Kerala has plenty of potential to tap into this vast market.”
Despite of having great caliber, Kerala lags behind its other competitive producer states as the state’s artisans are not updated with trending fashion and arts. With this initiative, it is hoped that the trained women will be able to grow into micro group entrepreneurs and will establish their startups.
Supporting the initiative of KADCO, K Purushothaman, Chairman, KADCO said, “Until some five months ago, most women participants in our training programme were limited to domestic duties in their households. Today they are designers and artists whose works can compete with the best professionals in the textile industry.”
Abhishek C, Managing Director, KADCO also emphasised on the fact that Kerala is dependent on other state’s dexterous workforce for designing, ornamentation, embroidery and other value additions and this effort mainly aims to reduce this dependency.