J Res Notes | Volume 3, Issue 4 | Research Article | Open Access

Skill, Abilities and Competencies Implicated in Tasar Reeling Practices: Quantification through Time Study and Work Measurement

Kiran Malali B, Nanjunda Shastry , Subas Naik and Gokarneshan N

1 Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Central Silk Board, Bangalore, India 2 Department of Costume Design and Fashion, Dr. SNS Rajalakshmi College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, India

*Correspondance to: Kiran Malali B 

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Abstract

Silk production is largest generator of rural employment in India. Tasar culture is a forest based activity uniquely suited to the economy and social structure of central India. On an average 250 crore number of cocoons are solely harvested in India to achieve 2,980 MT of Tasar Silk. Particularly Tasar Reeling process is a dependant community livelihood activity predominantly adopted by tribal women folk to support their family. Skill capitalizes the entire conversion process particularly in the area of cocoon cooking, deflossing and reeling - an inherited proficient means of extracting silk from cocoons. An attempt to document and quantify the inherent skill, ability and competencies of traditional Tasar reelers was made through time study and work measurement approach. The reeling exertion was split into small units called 'elements', are timed and analyzed to determine standard and normal time by adopting Westinghouse system of performance rating. Simultaneously feedback on posture implications, stress related concerns, reeler's general health & hygiene were discussed for wider prospective of Tasar reeling activity.

Keywords:

Casting; Cocoon cooking; Deflossing; Denier; Khaan; Reel ability; Thigh reeling

Citation:

Kiran Malali B, Shastry N, Naik S, Gokarneshan N. Skill, Abilities and Competencies Implicated in Tasar Reeling Practices: Quantification through Time Study and Work Measurement. J Res Notes. 2020; 3(1): 1018.

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