Bleak prospects face saree weavers

Indian handweavers face tough times following advent of mechanical power looms.

    Since ancient times, India's handwoven textile industry has been one of the world's largest and most renowned for making sarees, a traditional silk dress.

    At its centre is Varanasi, home to about 700,000 weavers.

    But now many are struggling to survive.

    The introduction of mechanical power looms - which can do the work of up to 10 handweavers at a much cheaper rate - have left most of the city's handlooms lying idle.

    Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri reports on how a centuries old art is in real danger of extinction.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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