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handloom weavers


What does it take for the artisans and craftspeople to survive the pandemic?

October 15, 2020 7:10 pm

The handloom and handicrafts sector, which roughly employs 10-15 crore people across the country, has been among the worst affected over the last six months. What is the way forward, if any?

What does the dissolution of the All India Handloom Board mean for the industry?

August 08, 2020 5:31 pm

A recent order from the Ministry of Textiles has thrown up questions of its validity and the road ahead for handloom weavers

Can Kashmir's crafts survive the lockdown?

May 06, 2020 3:50 pm

More than 35,000 papier mache artisans in Kashmir are scalding under a prolonged, double lockdown.

With no sales, the crafts sector, one of the biggest source of employment in rural India, is hit hard

April 25, 2020 10:53 am

Just like migrant workers, artisans are also daily workers, and since all markets are shut, they can neither buy raw material, nor sell finished goods. They don’t even have a safety net like provident fund,” says Delhi-based craft revivalist Laila Tyabji of Dastkar.

#HandloomEveryday: 'Handmade textiles are the greatest form of luxury'

August 08, 2019 5:10 pm

The panellists included the doyen of the style world, Ritu Kumar, sari historian Rta Kapur Chishti, designers David Abraham and Madhu Jain and master-printer Ramkishore Chippa Derawala, who discussed the topic ‘Can our Handloom Heritage of the Past by a Springboard to the Future?’

In Varanasi, weavers' woes — post-noteban and GST — not a poll issue

May 14, 2019 9:39 pm

Owners of handloom units in Varanasi complain that by introducing GST, the government has "cleverly increased taxes in the garb of making taxation efficient and systematic" while harping on issues that have little to do with real problems this election season.

Why Dhaniakhali tant saris might become a thing of the past

April 10, 2019 2:22 pm

As the yield of the powerloom is always a threat, the only thing working in favour of these weavers are the durability of their goods and their unique Resham paar designs, the signature of Dhaniakhali.

Fashion designer Gaurang Shah on identifying, reviving and sustaining handloom

January 12, 2019 5:03 pm

In an interview to, fashion designer and textile revivalist Gaurang Shah takes us through his journey of pulling out fabrics and designs from the past, bringing it into the present and finding a way to sustain it in the future. 

'After our lives, who's gonna take this forward': Floods intensify fears of Chendamangalam's hand-loom weavers

September 12, 2018 3:36 pm

The floodwaters devoured their homes and their factory, knocking aside centuries-old wooden looms, sinking fabric worth lakhs of rupees and in the process, bringing their livelihoods to a virtual halt.

How the weavers of Assam's Sualkuchi finally earned official recognition for their products

May 31, 2018 8:20 pm

From June 4, woven silk products from Assam’s Sualkuchi village will bear an official trademark, which can potentially end the rampant circulation of fakes in the market.