Most of the units in the area are micro units, and are operated from the houses of the artisans. A majority of the workers in the industry comprise of the families of artisans, including children and women. There are over 50 such units in the industry, wherein nearly 400 people work. The industry produces embroidered table covers, bed sheets, cushion covers and pillow covers, among other products. It earns nearly Rs. 10 crore as collective annual turnover.
The products of the industry are sold in several parts of the country.
“We have been using traditional methods of embroidery, and do not use modern machinery for this purpose. We cannot afford to install better machinery, and have not received any help from the government,” says Kamla Devi, one of the artisans whose entire family is involved in the industry.
“The use of modern techniques for embroidery can save a considerable amount of time, reduce dependence on labour, and improve the finishing of the products. Although we sell our products in various other states through local traders, we have not been able to compete with other industries,” she says.
“We do not get any help from the government. There is a dire need to boost this industry through financial support. Just a little effort on the part of the government can bring about considerable changes in the industry. We just require subsidies and a few other exemptions on the loans given to us, to promote our businesses,” says Shyam Lal, another artisan.