Dr Madhavi Khode Chaware (IAS) Commissioner of Textiles, in a recently organised press conference, provided information regarding the identification of original and machine-made handloom fabrics. Dr. Chaware said that buyers should be aware of duplicate handloom cloth. Therefore, the buyers should cross-check the quality of the real handloom cloth before buying it as duplicate items are being widely available in the markets.
She informed that handloom cloth gives soft feeling upon touching it while the cloth made by machines show stiffness. Apart from this, when the cloth is made by hands, there is no consistency which is reflected in the cloth if it is made by using machines.
There are other parameters that can help the buyers decide whether the product is original handloom items or it is a duplicate item, she added.
The Central Government is also providing an authenticity tag to the manufacturers of handloom and silk fabrics for the classification of genuine material for the sale of the product.
Dr. Chaware appealed all the Handloom lovers to buy the genuine handloom cloth by checking the Handloom and Silk Mark tags.
As per the Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation and under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act 1999, It is a punishable offence to manufacture garments in other areas under the same name. If anyone found guilty, the person will get the imprisonment up to 6 months to 3 years and will impose a fine of Rs. 50,000 / – to Rs.2,00,000.
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