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June 24, 2009


Hi, What a wonderful blog! So informative and interesting! Loved reading some of the posts..

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There are so many reasons why the sari is less popular today. It's not really that functional anymore- unless you've grown up wearing a sari and you are as comfortable in it as you might be in trousers. They are really hard to care for- unless you have a fleet of domestic help to wash, starch, dry and iron your cotton handloom sarees. Having said that, I too am sad that no one has use for the everyday cotton sarees anymore. The less we are exposed to those subtle designs and colours, the less we will be able to appreciate that design aesthetic.

Handloom products were especially popular in Gandhi times, they were political as well as fashionable.

I read an article a few days ago on the online edition of the Hindu, about the same subject. It seems that what is damaging most the handlooms is the textile plants. But the plants themselves are suffering because of the global economic crisis and are firing workers. As it is I think a typical handloom weaver earns much less than one dollar a day...

As Jude said...

I actually go to see some saris woven when I was in India (there's a pic on my blog). It was amazing what fine work was done on such a rudimentary loom (think strings, punch cards and old bamboo treddles) and in such bad conditions (at night in a dirty room with a single light bulb, sitting on a concrete floor because the space for the treddles was dug out of the floor). An amazing experience.

The photos of the rugs in the desert are stunning. I feel sure that both traditions will survive, but in a reduced and possibly slightly changed way. I feel it is poignant, but an inevitable trend as human history progresses.We are such a restless species, but we do seem to be able to keep a huge variety of textile traditions going, albeit frequently in a small way.

i am always so saddened by stories like these.

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