climax : Babir Yatra Utsav at Rui (in Indapur) is considered to be the rightful market for blanket business. During this three-day yatra, around 120 traders sold about 10,000 nagas from us, the price of which ranged from five hundred to two thousand rupees. Although the use of woolen is increasing, the importance of handloom blankets remains in the modern era. Therefore, crores of rupees have been generated in this business during the Yatra period.
The traditional blanket business still survives the times. But Yatra remains the right market for this business. Babir Yatra festival is considered important in this. Few families are left in this business. About 120 professionals from Gargoti, Shengaon, District Kolhapur, Alasande, District Sangli, Metkarwadi, Chikhalthan, Kedgaon Takli, District Solapur, Ghorpadwadi, Bori Rui District Pune, during the yatra, made blankets and their sub-types like thick blankets, white pattha, jan asan, About 7 thousand such shawls were sold. Small and large coins were sold from five hundred rupees to two thousand rupees. Due to this, there has been a turnover of crores of rupees from the blanket business in the travel market. About 12,000 copies were sold in the Yatra, 80 percent of which were sold.
There is a demand for these rice plants in Yatra markets of Pandharpur, Alandi, Paithan, Pathankodali, Chinchani, Mhsa Thane, Veer, Muskoba, Salpe Biroba Lonand and Kankavali Fonda Kudal in Konkan region. The business is handloom but there are good days despite the mechanized age – Rama Jadkar, Merchant Chikhalthan (Solapur)