Paithani Weaving Training:
A Paithani Training and production center was established at
Paithan in 1968 with a view to promoting the weaving of the
Paithani. MSSIDC took over its management in 1973.
At present the number of looms at the center is 38 and about a
hundred and fifty Paithanis, both traditional and brocade are
produced annually. However, diversification has been necessary.
Wall hangings, dress material, shawls, stoles, saree borders and
pallavs are also being made using basic Paithani techniques. These
provide a consistent source of income to the women weavers who can
weave them in their own homes.
All the fabrics produced at the center are marketed by MSSIDC
through its Marhati emporia at Mumbai and New Delhi.
MSSIDC is doing its best to improve the living and working
conditions of the weavers, by making available to them raw material
and looms. Besides, if they wish to work at the looms in the shed
of the weavers' complex they are allowed to do so.
The wages of the artisans are being constantly revised and the
provision of other facilities like housing, medical care, annuity
for old weavers, education for weavers' children and insurance is
being considered by the Government.
The new Paithani training scheme evolved by MSSIDC has attracted
the younger generation. The training period was for 16 months, a
higher stipend was offered, and the trainees were absorbed in the
production programme on completion of training.
Preserving the art and the craft of Paithani is not going to be
an easy task. However the challenge has been accepted by