An Economic Analysis of Silk Saree Weaving by Power Loom: A Study in Tumkur District of Karnataka

A.P. Bhavya
Journal article Economic Affairs • December 2017

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The growth of power looms had begun during the 1960s and year after year there has been a tremendous growth in the number of power looms. As a result, presently there are more than 22.69 lakhs power looms in the country (3rd census, GOI, 2008). And Karnataka is the fifth state with respect to the number of registered power looms (89,900), offering employment to 2, 04,725persons (, 2014-15). The study was conducted in Tumkur district of Karnataka with a total sample size of 60 respondents from three different taluks of Tumkur District. The result of the study revealed that there is a variation in man days used in saree production. The man days depended on the type and design of the saree produced in Power loom (Resham Saree: 0.4 MD, LT (Low twist yarn) Saree: 0.30 MD, Cotton Silk saree: 0.40MD) and the weft used for LT type saree was very less when compared to Resham and cotton silk saree. The total cost of production of Resham saree was high (`401.56) compared to LT and Cotton silk sarees (` 224.69 and ` 395.70). This is because of the differences in design and colour combination of the sarees. The net returns obtained from Resham saree was ` 123.44 with the B:C ratio of 1.30, which means that if you invest one rupee in a power loom , Resham silk saree production can be obtained in ` 1.30.




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