Dec 23, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has begun work to revive its handloom industry, setting up a task force with plans for a national centre to oversee training of a new generation of weavers amid a looming shortage of skilled workers. District Level Handloom Coordinating Centres will also be set up to create a structure for the industry and promote buyer – seller meets, design and development of products, giving weavers exposure to competitor’s products, a statement said.
“The Task Force will also oversee capacity building of 100,000 handloom personnel in the next three years so that the human resource void could be overcome, said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.
“Industry experts and pioneers have already warned of the dearth of second generation skilled weavers once the current weavers vacate from the industry. Lack of recognition is a major reason for the youth to stay away from this promising industry.”
The district level handloom centres will be coordinated by a planned centralised National Handloom Coordinating Centre under the Department of Textiles.
The Task Force will focus on marketing, training and designing, entrepreneurship in the handloom industry, productivity enhancement,