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Banarasi saree weavers rally against Chinese imitations
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Nov '08
Varanasi is famed for its exquisite 'Banarasi sarees' that are not only popular in India but are gaining huge interest from oversea buyers. Originally handloom creations, these silk sarees with intricate work are considered to be perfect for festive occasions in India.

Banarasi saree, in style since ages, forms a cottage industry that provides livelihood to millions of people in and around Varanasi.

However, the industry is facing a difficult situation as cheap imitations are flooding the market.

Reportedly, these imitations are made, with in the country, from imported Chinese silk and machinery, by replicating the designs and patterns of the original sarees. Thus, they are priced lower and are attracting scores of consumers.

This has made skilled handloom weavers miserable, and many have already shifted to other trades.

So, weavers finally decided to make their voice heard. Flocks of handloom weavers marched down the streets in Varanasi on Thursday to protest the Chinese imports that are shrinking their share in market.

Besides restricting Chinese imitations, weavers are demanding that Government award patent to the Banarasi sarees, which will ensure its protection.

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