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Kullu caps sustains thousands

The traditional yet stylish headgear, popularly called Kullu caps has become a source of livelihood for thousands in Himachal Pradesh.

By Rajiv Kimta

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), May 31 : The traditional yet stylish headgear, popularly called 'Kullu caps' has become a source of livelihood for thousands in Himachal Pradesh.

The bright and colourful headgear, made of woollen cloth and round in shape, derives its name from the place of its origin, Kullu.

The colourful borders with beautiful patterns are separately woven on small looms by artisans across Kullu district. The small-scale industry employs at least 25,000 men and women across the district.

"We are able to earn between 25 rupees to 100 rupees a day. I can make 8-20 caps per day," says Gopal Das, an artisan.

The Government on its part extends financial assistance to these cottage workers to set up their own businesses.

"The weavers associated with 'Kullu caps' are from villages. They make caps at their homes and sell their products at the cooperative societies and independent units. We also provide them loans so that they can start their own cap making units," said C L Sharma, General Manager of Himachal Pradesh's Industry Department.

Here, traditionally bright colours were used but nowadays vegetable colours are being used. The price of these caps ranges from Rs. 20 to Rs. 250 or more. It depends on the pattern in the border and the cloth used.

The caps form an integral part of local fairs and festivals where people, mostly men, flaunt the resplendent headgear as part of their traditional attire.


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