Reviving the dying looms-The Telegraph

(The column was first published in The Telegraph on November 8, 2021)

  • On National Handloom Day, the Centre set a stiff target for the textile ministry by calling for quadrupling handloom export to 10,000 crore and doubling production in the next three years. This vision uplifted the mood amidst the gloom that has pervaded this pandemic-stricken sector. According to data published by the director-general of foreign trade, handloom products recorded a negative growth rate of 32 per cent during the first quarter of 2020 vis-à-vis that of 2019. Consequently, artisans have been forced to take up menial jobs to survive…

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