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May 8, 2020

Designers ensure physical and financial health of handloom weavers

Fashion designers working with handloom artisans ensure that their financial needs are met despite lack of work during lockdown, and keep their morale high by being in touch

March 9, 2020

बुनना भविष्य को, मीटर दर मीटर !

असम के बोडोलैंड के गाँवों में, जहाँ हर बोडो घर में एक करघा है, श्यामा ब्रह्मा बुनाई से ठीक-ठाक आय अर्जित करती हैं, और इस लुप्त होते इस पारंपरिक कौशल को अपनी बेटियों को सौंपने की कोशिश कर रही हैं

September 18, 2019
The craft of Kuthampully weavers in Kerala faces an uncertain future (Photo by Remya Padmadas)

Are handlooms in rural India only capable of weaving poverty?

We need to reflect why once handlooms wove joy, culture and incomes but today weave only poverty, unable to sustain livelihoods of people in our villages, except for a few outliers

June 24, 2019
The craft of Kuthampully weavers faces an uncertain future (Photo by Remya Padmadas)

Kuthampully weavers facing decline in Kerala

For centuries, they have created Kerala's classic off-white and gold sarees and veshtis. Now, low incomes, an ageing workforce, shifting demand and power looms are forcing changes in this traditional occupation