Our National flag woven from Rajasthan?

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Manetha (Rajasthan), Oct 13: A small town in Rajasthan with a population of just 500 stands out on the Indian map for its commitment towards weaving the cloth for National flag. Manetha village in Dausa district of the Rajasthan is around 100 kilometers away from Jaipur. There are around 25 to 30 small cottage industries, which are fully engaged in weaving cotton cloth used in the Indian flag.

"We bring raw material from Dausa, then we process it on a spinning wheel after which it goes to weaving machine. We then deposit the cloth in Khadi centres, where it is washed and tricolour is made," said Chhote Lal, a villager.

A weaver earns around 100 rupees per day.

"A person earns almost 100 rupees. We are involved in this profession for about two-three generations," said Rajkumar Mahwa, another villager.

They say that they are committed to the nation and have been doing this business ever since Independence. Cotton cloth weaved here is sent to the rest of the country.

"This business is being done here after the freedom struggle, for about 50 years. This is really something to be proud of. For this reason, our village has earned a name," said Prabhu Lal Mahwa, another villager.

In spite of many other lucrative options, around 25 families of this village have not switched over to other jobs as they feel this is the best way they can serve the nation.

National flag weaving was started years back by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission and still they are promoting it.

According to stringent provisions, the national flag can be made only out of Khadi, or home-spun cotton cloth. By Lokendra Singh


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