Meet Hariprasad Yeldhi, a 31-year-old Sircilla based weaver, who made a miniature power loom to gift Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao. The wooden power loom weighs 5kg and he says it took him 20 days to make it.
“I wanted to gift something to our CM representing weavers’ community. It was quite challenging, but worth it. The total cost of about Rs 10,000 was taken care of by the local TRS party leader,” he said.
But then, his dream to meet CM KCR personally and give him this mini power loom wouldn’t be possible, he believes.
“I’ve been trying to meet him since very long. But I can’t afford travel expenses. So the local party leader has promised me that he would approach the CM and give the power loom to him behalf of me,” he adds.
Hariprasad leaves no chance to showcase his creativity and brilliant ideas. He earlier designed a shawl on a power loom with the Bathukamma symbol imprinted along with MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao’s name.
He earlier created a similar power loom which switches on upon finger-snapping and switches off upon the same. It was then gifted to one of his favourite actors Chiranjeevi. This made him make a name for himself in weavers’ community.
He also made intricate designs on Bathukamma sarees using the pick-and-pick method of designing, which he learned at Bengaluru, and jacquard technology, where a collection of conductive threads are used for weaving touch-responsive textiles.
He produced sarees that can fit in a matchbox and pass through a ring and needle’s eye.
Hariprasad is seeking the support of the State government to make it financially possible for him to come up with more such creations.