Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 12:42 PM
Dharmavaram silk sarees are a sign of tradition and culture. Handwoven, by weavers at Dharamavaram village in Ananthapur, the silks are now losing their sheen, as weavers are abadoning their looms. In the wake of severe financial crunch, weavers are leaving their homes to migrate as daily wagers. Sky-rocketting prices of raw material as well as lack of remunerative price for the products has left the weavers in dire straits. Ironically, the demand for Dharmavaram is high and prices are escalating. But the benefits do not reach the weavers, who struggle for three days to make a saree and earn just Rs. 500 or so. The government has to wake up to their plight.