FORMA has decided to procure as many handloom products as possible to help the handloom industry in Balaramapuram, which is in distress due to the Kovid New York crisis. All member organizations of FOMA will buy handloom fabrics at Balaramapuram during Onam. In addition, organizations and individuals will buy handloom products and give them as Onam gifts to local orphanages. FOMA fully supports the project of CISSA (Center for Innovation Science and Social Action), a non – governmental organization, to bring handloom products from Balaramapuram to the United States directly from small weavers. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan was the chief guest at the meeting.
He said efforts should be made to bring Kerala’s premium products like coir, handloom and Ayurveda to the global market. Industrial development of Kerala is possible only by developing traditional industries. The biggest feature of Balaramapuram handloom is its quality. The workers of Balaramapuram are a community that is not ready to compromise on employment even when they are hungry. They make unmixed products. On this occasion, Muraleedharan said that it was necessary to provide assistance to protect the Balaramapuram handloom industry.
FOMA President Onion George presided. He said the project would be a success if it was taken up as an urgent task. Onion George said that various organizations have expressed their willingness to buy the products. Subath Kamalesan presented the outline of the project. Dileep Varghese, Dr. Jacob Thomas, Roshan Plamuttil, Viji Abraham and Nandakumar Chuckingal placed the order for the products at the meeting itself.
FOMA General Secretary T. Unnikrishnan, Treasurer Thomas T. Oommen, Vice President Pradeep Nair, Joint Secretary Jose Manakattu, Vice Treasurer Biju Thonikkadavan, Hari Namboothiri, Binu Surendran, Paul Mathai, GB Thomas, Dr. Madhu Nanvyar also participated in the discussion.