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A Study of the Present Situation of the Traditional Handloom Weavers of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, 35 Ballygunge Circular Road, kolkata-700019, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (3), Pages 48-53, March,14 (2015)


The Handloom is a traditional industry of India and it provides employment opportunities to millions of people in the rural and urban belts of our country. After industrialization, the handloom industry has been decline. Most of the problems faced by handloom industry are perpetual in nature and hence to sustain the cultural and economic importance of the industry the present study is an attempt to understand the various problems of Handloom Weavers of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The problems are invention of new technology (power-loom), capitalist control, drop off in wages, increased price of yarn, and so on. The present study is descriptive in nature. The data have been collected through the in-depth interview, semi structured interview, case study and focused group discussion.


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