The cluster largely produces bed sheets, rugs, carpets, apparel, curtains, table linen and other products. It employs over three lakh people, and earns a collective annual turnover of Rs.50 crore.
“We sell our products to various states in the country, and in some European countries too. However, we have not managed to enter other countries,” states Ratan Singh, one of the manufacturers.
“The major problems being faced by the manufacturers are that they are still using old technology to make their products. They have not opted for new technology, basically power looms, and still depend on manual labour,” he says.
“This not only leads to lower quality of finishing of products, but also in the consumption of more time in making each piece. Moreover, labour in the industry is not skilled, and there is a demand for higher wages,” says Sujan Kumar, another manufacturer.
“The lack of finishing in the products brings in competition from other countries such as China, which sell finer products at cheaper prices,” he adds.
“The government should educate people to opt for new technology. It should also provide loans at subsidised rates to help them in buying new looms,” he says.