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Implementing Agency

Thiruvanthapuram Handloom Cluster
Kerala State Handloom Development
Corporation Ltd.
(Hanveev) Kannur, Kerala


About Cluster :

It was during the regime of His Highness Maharaja Balaramavarma, which dates back from 1798 to 1810 that the handloom weaving was first introduced at Balaramapuram. The Maharaja and his Delava (Chief Minister), Ummini Thampi jointly decided to convert Balaramapuram and its surrounding places in to an agro-based industrial belt with various traditional industries by the development of paddy and coconut cultivation, fishing, weaving, oil extraction, etc. Separate streets with cluster approach were organised at identified places having comparatively better infrastructure for development. Market places were opened at convenient locations to make the marketing of products easier. The vision of the great Maharaja and his Delava can be compared well with the latest programmes of development in Industrial sector. Thanks to the earnest and sincere efforts made by His Highness Maharaja Balaramapuram by whose name the place, Balaramapuram and the handloom weaving are presently known, has become world famous. The Delava of Maharaja brought seven weaver families (Syaliars) from Tamilnadu and made them to settle at Balaramapuram in a separate location now called "Syaliar Street".