Kuthampully, situated about 50 km northeast of Thrissur town, is a traditional cotton weaving village. Here 600 Devanga families produce some of the most exotic handloom wears in the country. They trace their origins to modern day Karnataka. Legend has it that this community of traditional weavers were brought here by the Kochi Royal family some 500 years back to ply their trade exclusively for the palace.
Kuthampully Handloom Industrial Co-operative Society was registered in 1972 with 102 members and is the main representative of the inhabitants. They have ensured that the traditions of the past were not forgotten. The Kasavu double dhoti, set mundu and veshti are also popular articles of clothing produced. Modern weaving techniques have been incorporated to meet current trends and make designer clothing. Over 3000 people are employed in a variety of small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. It is a unique experience to watch an entire community working for a specific purpose with such diligence and perseverance.
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