How Handweaving Clusters Support Livelihoods And Wellbeing

How Handweaving Clusters Support Livelihoods And Wellbeing

Amit Singha Thursday, 1 September 2022

Handwoven fabrics form an integral part of Indian's rich textile culture and, in Bengal, the tradition is particularly strong with a significant cluster of handloom workers operating to produce everything from fine jacquard saris to khadi fabrics.

This interview with an expert in the field explains how handweaving clusters in East India operate, how they support family life and wellbeing, and why they are a stable form of livelihood for this area of the world.

In this video you'll learn:

  • About Anuprerna Artisan Textiles, and its Founder Amit Singha
  • How handweaving clusters in Eastern Indian operate today
  • What homeworking involves for handweavers and how it impacts their day-to-day lives
  • About perspectives towards handweavers from brands and the Indian government and how they are changing
  • Why conscious consumer habits can support and develop artisan communities

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