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Fabric embroidery attracts recession ridden diamond sector
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Sep '10
Smacked by the global economic slump, diamond workers in Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat have turned to embroidery business, as was done by their colleagues from the diamond sector in Surat. As diamond units in the city were suffering huge losses and work was also not available, a number of artisans have shifted to computerized embroidery business.

Workers while working in diamond industry hardly made Rs. 4,000 to 5,000 per month even prior to the economic slump. But as the recession hit the industry, these wages went down as the diamond sector was the worst affected among all industries.

Unlike in the diamond industry, these workers after having worked for a few months in the embroidery sector, have now purchased their own computerised machines, which has helped them turn in to entrepreneurs. The Embroidery Association is also helping workers to obtain bank loans for expansion.

These originally diamond workers, now embroiders, are finding their shift to this sector to be more lucrative and less demanding then their earlier job as compared to diamond industry's earnings of Rs. 5,000 per month, the embroidery sector is helping them earn Rs. 8,000 to 9,000. Infact, more than 50 percent of diamond workers have taken to machine-made embroidery.

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