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ICF Viravanallur

ICF Viravanallur - Mat Weaving Craft - click here to download movie about ICF Viravanallur & mat weaving craft

In June 2002, IndusTree Crafts Foundation has opened its branch in Viravnallur, Tamil Nadu district to promote, the traditional grass mat weaving cluster. ICF expanding its production to neighbouring villages i.e. Arikesavanallur, Pattamadai. Viravanallur is about 40 kms from the district headquarters, Tirunelveli.


The korai mat weaving craft is a traditional craft in this area. This craft was started to give employment to refugees from Burma. Muslim women and men in the villages are involved in Korai mat weaving. In this cluster, ICF currently providing design inputs, marketing support to more than 100 weavers directly. 

ICF presently  implementing Ambedkar Hastashilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) - Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Under this scheme, following programmes have been successfully implemented:

* Baseline Survey

In and around Viravanallur area, more than 1000 artisans were mobilized / formed into SHGs for the Ambedkar Hastashilp Vikas Yojana during June - September 2002. 


* Design & Technical Development Workshop

Workshop organised for 30 artisans at Viravanallur for the new designs in weaving, bag making, etc.


* Skill Upgradation Training Programme

Twenty artisans were trained in this programme, tool-kits were given to each artisan.




Ms. Neelam Chhiber, Trustee, ICF visited Viravanallur recently (April 2006). Artisans got incentives during her visit.


Some of the products produced at Viravanallur:

for trade enquiries please visit Indus Tree Crafts Pvt. Ltd.

Tamil Nadu State Map showing Tirunelveli district in the bottom 


Tirunelveli District Map- Showing ICF's area of operation  -  Tirunelveli District  - the red dot is the Viravanllur and the green dots is Arikesavanallur, Pattamadai


Workshed for artisans at Viravanallur, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu


Workshed for artisans at Pattamadai, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu