West Bengal  /  Published 14.11.21

Unity’ sari storm on Twitter

Phulia weaver Biren Kumar Basak’s Saturday morning started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting a picture of them together.  But the high did not last.  Basak, 70, had gifted Mod...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri

India  /  Published 17.04.21

Pandemic worsens plight of Bihar weavers

“Many weavers are leaving the occupation to become labourers, farm workers and construction workers. They don’t want to do so, but how will they survive if they don’t earn. Once the ...
By Dev Raj in Patna

West Bengal  /  Published 08.09.20

Buy-sari drive to help marginal weavers

The Bengal government, in a rare move, is going out of its way to buy handloom saris from around 10,000 small and marginal weavers to try and buffer  the financial blow of the pandemic-induced lo...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 24.02.19

Bengal cash for weavers killed in UP

The Bengal government has handed Rs 2 lakh each to the families of nine Malda carpet weavers who died in a cracker blast in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi on Saturday.Minister Firhad Hakim and Malda (North...
By Kousik Sen in Raiganj

Jharkhand  /  Published 29.01.19

Unpaid and angry, weavers rip apart Jharcraft

As many as 3,000 weavers have told the government to either clear their dues for blankets woven for state-run Jharcraft by February 15 or face mass protests, including hunger strike and self-immolatio...
By Achintya Ganguly in Ranchi


Style  /  Published 07.10.18

#sixyardsand365days: Sari fans unite globally

She saw her mother weaving yarns on her spinning wheel as a child. Years later she has taken up the cudgels for handloom saris and weavers through a Facebook group. Sunita Budhiraja, an author and a c...
By Chandreyee Ghose

West Bengal  /  Published 19.04.19

Sari hubs script poll designs

Weavers in Nadia textile hubs Phulia and Santipur have started producing saris embossed with logos and symbols of various political parties.The weavers’ sights are set on the trend of women particip...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Santipur

North East  /  Published 15.09.19

Sarbananda Sonowal boosts weavers’ morale

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday said weavers have an important role to play in bolstering economic growth. Sonowal, who inaugurated a handloom cluster project at Lezai in Upper Assam...
By Avik Chakraborty in Dibrugarh

North East  /  Published 24.04.20

Youth weaves creative productivity into lockdown

A young man in Assam’s Udalguri district has decided to use the lockdown period productively by weaving bright handloom products, a skill most youth have forgotten, instead of complaining of loss of...
By Shajid Khan in Udalguri

Culture  /  Published 12.11.19

Giving a new lease of life to the handloom sector

24-year-old Abinash Naha who belongs to a family of weavers in Odisha’s Cuttack district gave up weaving and took up a job as a salesperson for water purifiers. It was his curiosity that took him to...
By Smita Tripathi


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