The Handloom Sector is the second largest employer in India, providing employment to about 65 lakh person. The handloom sector in Tamilnadu is known for its tradition of excellent craftsmanship. These skills are being passed on from generation to generation. Since ancient times as a rich heritage woven into fabric. The handlooms weaving is one of the largest economic activities in Tamilnadu providing employment to 1.89 lakh weavers households and about 3.19 lakh weavers. Tamilnadu has the price for its unique handloom woven products like Silk Sarees, Cotton Sarees, Furnishing materials, dhoties, lungies and Towels. In Vellore alone there are about 11000 looms which 10000 looms are covered under the Cooperative fold and the coverage works out to 90%.

Textiles is one of the India’s oldest industries and has a formidable presence in the national economy. The Government of Tamilnadu have been taking various steps and vibrant industry, which would not only contribute significantly to production, employment, economic growth of textile industry but also uplift the quality of life of the weavers and enhance their prosperity. In order to achieve the goal of making Tamilnadu. The Numero Uno state in the country, the Department of Handlooms and Textiles is working towards creation of a conducive environment by implementing numerous welfare schemes for the handloom weavers and for the growth and development of all the sub-sector and stakeholders of the Textile Industry.


The Government of Tamilnadu is extending of various financial assistances to the Weavers Co-operative Societies in accordance with the Textile Policy adopted by the Central Government. In order to have close supervision over the Weavers Co-operative Societies in the Vellore District, Circle Assistant Director’s Office was new formed on 01.03.1986 vide G.O.No.70, Handlooms and Textiles Department, Dated: 09.08.1985 and G.O.No.158, Handloom and Textiles, Dated: 27.11.1985. As per G.O.Ms.No.164, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi(E2) Department, Dated : 15.12.2010, Vellore Circle was bifurcated and Thiruvannamalai Circle Assistant Director’s Office new formed on 1.2.2011.

The following are the major functions of the Assistant Director of Handlooms and Textiles, Vellore.

  • Organization of new Co-operative Societies, effective supervision over the existing Societies, administration of the Societies in order to give regular employment to weaver members.
  • Effective arrangements for sale of the goods produced through Co-optex, waiving over the production of finished goods and steps taken to clear the goods by giving rebate subsidy.
  • Drawing and disbursing the rebate amount sanctioned by the Government.


Implementation of welfare schemes

I. Joint Venture – Central Government and State Government

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana Scheme /Prime Minister’s Jan Bima Yojana Scheme.
  2. Weavers Mudra Scheme – Recommendation of Mudra Loan Scheme.
  3. Marketing Incentive to Primary Handloom Weavers Co-operative Societies.

II. State Government Schemes

  1. Co-operative Handloom Weavers’ Savings and Security Scheme.
  2. Health Insurance Scheme.
  3. Co-operative Handloom Weavers’ Family Pension Scheme.
  4. Co-operative Handloom Weavers Old Age Pension Scheme.
  5. Awarding Scholarship under Dr.M.G.R Handloom Weavers’ Welfare Trust.
  6. Payment of Scholarship under Shiksha Sahayog Yojana Scheme.
  7. Implementation of Development Schemes of
  • Free supply of Dhothies and Sarees Scheme / Uniform Scheme.
  • Free Power Supply to Handloom and Power loom Weavers.
  • Rebate Subsidy Scheme.
  • Green House Scheme.

Societies : 54 Primary Handloom Weavers Co-operative Societies

Important Officials Contact Details :

Landline: 0416 -2222547

Office Address :

Assistant Director of Handlooms and Textiles,
District Panchayat Office Campus,
Anna Salai (Officer’s Lane),
Vellore – 632 001.
Phone No : 0416 -2222547
Email id :

RTI Public Information Officer :

Handloom Officer / Public Information Officer,
Office Assistant Director of Handlooms and Textiles,
District Panchayat Office Campus,
Anna Salai (Officer’s Lane),
Vellore – 632 001.

RTI First Appellate Authority :

Assistant Director / Appellate Authority,
Office of the Assistant Director of Handlooms and Textiles,
District Panchayat Office Campus,
Anna Salai (Officer’s Lane),
Vellore – 632 001.
Landline: 0416 -2222547