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As oblivion looms over weavers, a group is speaking for their survival

The group's chief believes that reviving the handicraft and handloom sector could be a critical step in developing a more robust economy

Geetanjali Krishna 

The silken sheen of a Banarasi sari, the gossamer lightness of Chanderi, the robust weaves of Nagaland and the stunning double ikats of Gujarat — these are just a few among India’s impressive repertoire of handwoven textiles that face an uncertain future.

On the one hand, they bear the brunt of steadily decreasing government support — as per statistics from the Ministry of Textiles, the funds set aside for the Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme have halved from Rs 20 crore in 2019-20 to Rs 10 crore in 2020-21. On the other hand, craftspeople find themselves ...

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First Published: Fri, February 28 2020. 21:28 IST
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