Women’s Participation in Handloom Industry: A case study of Chendamangalam, Ernakulam


Authors : Aswani T D; Dr. Shivashankar Bhat

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 3 - March

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6463286

Handloom is Kerala's most widely recognized cottage industry that is widespread throughout rural areas. It employs a large skilled and unskilled workforce and which, in chendamangalam society, mainly consists of women workers, handloom spinning and weaving is the main occupation. The objective of this paper is to evaluate femaleparticipation in the handloom industry inChendamangalam. The study focuseson the socioeconomic condition of the weavers, derived from primary data collected through personalinterview schedules of 90 active members of the chendamangalam society. Results show that weaving is the main occupation of Chendamangalam handloom industry, as there is a high concentration of handlooms. The key reasons which enforced females to do work in handlooms are pooreconomic conditions, unemployment, low income, low literacy, and education.

Keywords : Handloom industry, Work participation, Female weavers, chendamangalamhandloom society

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