The Department of Handlooms and Textiles is concerned with Handlooms, Powerlooms in the Co-operative and decentralized sector and setting up of Apparel and Textile Parks in the Garment sector.

Andhra Pradesh is one of the important States in the Handloom Industry. There are about 2,00,310 handloom weavers in cooperative fold and 1,58,902 in outside cooperative fold. There are about 81,000 Powerlooms working in the State both in cooperative and outside cooperative fold.

There are 1282 Weavers Cooperative Societies in the State consisting of Cotton-896, Silk-325, Wool-61. Besides this, there are 166-Tailor Societies and 193-Powerlooms and other societies . There is one Apex society i.e. APCO for marketing the handloom products.

Several Centrally Sponsored Schemes as well as State Schemes are being implemented for the socio-economic development of Handloom Weavers in Andhra Pradesh including schemes with matching share of Central and State Governments.

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