Aruppukottai is a city of weavers. The only other occupation of its inhabitants is working in the sugar mills.
The city is surrounded by both handlooms and power looms and an indication of the organization of the people of Aruppukottai are the division of the looms into two types of sectors, namely, the cooperative sector and master weaver sector, with the latter further subdivided into handlooms and power looms. This city is a small township and reflects the cultural essence of Tamil Nadu. The residents of the township seem to enlighten history with the lamps of culture. Semi-rural or semi-urban as it may be called this city is indeed located at the confluence of time.