The abolition of the All India Handicrafts Board and the All India Handloom Board by the Union Textile Ministry has evoked a mixed response from those working in the sector.
The weavers export sarees to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and other states.
From a thriving handloom centre,Anakaputhur has spiralled down to loss and despair, and this pandemic has left the weavers with little to stay afloat
India has over 10 million weavers and artisans, and most of them have been severely impacted due to the lockdown, resulting in a loss of livelihood.
Adding to the roster of festivals and exhibitions which make up a large part of Delhi’s winter calendar is the annual showcase by Weavers Studio Kolkata of handcrafted wearable textiles.