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Kashmiri handloom carpet industry struggling hard to survive
Apr '09
Carpet manufacturers and dealers in Srinagar engaged in handicraft exports have demanded relief package from state government in order to beat recession.

Duo to the impact of economic meltdown on world market, handicraft goods have witnessed sharp decrease in its sales from last year. This decrease has affected Kashmiri Carpet Industry, which has been considered as the backbone of Kashmir's economy.

Around fifteen lakh people associated with the handicrafts business are going through very harsh situations as they are struggling very hard even to meet their basic requirements.

Slackening of demand for the finished handicraft goods in the world markets has compelled workers in this profession to change their area of work to sustain their livelihood.

According to the artisans associated with carpet weaving, carpet dealers have slashed their wages forcing them to leave their traditional centuries' old profession.

In such trying conditions, if the dying carpet industry does not receive any incentive package from the government soon, then the people linked with this industry would not have any option other than leaving the profession.

In this regard, the officials say that the handicrafts department is very much concerned about the difficulties of the people earning their bread from this profession and they are trying to give relief to the affected people.

A few plans will be chalked out for the welfare of handicraft traders and artisans by holding a meeting next week.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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