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Hand-loom weaving community of Varanasi
Varanasi is known for its production of Banarasi sarees traditionally weaved on hand-looms and techniques by Momin Ansari Muslims. For generations they have passed on their craft from father to son, hand-weaving silk on room-sized foot-powered looms. This community is struggling these days for their survival as cheap imports from China and Dhaka, mechanized power looms and shifting consumer taste have negatively impacted the industry. This picture is of a Momin Ansari Muslim weaving saree.
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||May 7, 2018, 2:07 a.m.
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