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ISSUE: 359

JULY 2023

The Long-Lasting Tradition of Kuthampully
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The Long-Lasting Tradition of Kuthampully

A village on the banks of the Bharathappuzha, Kuthampully, in Thrissur district is synonymous with traditional handloom industry. The intricate designs, patterns and the inimitable craftsmanship have lent a unique distinction to Kuthampully handloom. The history of these artisans specialising in Kuthampully handloom goes back to the 18th century.

It is believed that, impressed by the weaving skills, a group of weavers known as Devengas were brought from Karnataka by the erstwhile rulers of Cochin. These weavers eventually settled in Kerala and their trade flourished. A collective known as Kuthampully Handloom Industrial Co-operative Society was formed in 1972. Walk around the village, and you will see that almost every household possesses a handloom and takes pride in it. Popular handloom items from Kuthampully include kasavu [zari], veshti, double mundu and set mundu. Nearly 1000 families are engaged in the handloom industry in this village. The products are much sought-after for their long lasting quality, workmanship and beautiful designs. A visit to Kuthampully gives an opportunity to witness firsthand making of traditional handloom products and to purchase products at affordable prices. The beauty of the village is another added charm. The villagers are warm and welcoming, and take time off their work to interact, tell you their tales of survival amidst adversities and take you on a journey through the various stages of the manufacture of the famous handloom products.

Getting there
Nearest Railway Station: Shoranur, about 29 km
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 93 km

Contact
DTPC Thrissur
Ph: + 91 487 2320800
Email : info@dtpcthrissur.com

  Topics: Handloom   Thrissur  

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