The Socioeconomic Plight of Carpet Weavers of Kashmir

Tariq Ahmad Lone, Tariq Ahmad Bhat & Parveez Ahmad Lone

Published: March 2020

Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. Kashmir handicraft products have earned worldwide fame for their attractive designs, functional utility and high-quality craftsmanship. In the absence of other manufacturing industries in the state, handicrafts have remained a key economic activity from time immemorial and engage approximately 374,000 artisans. Crafts like shawls, crewel work, namdha, chain stitch, wood carving, papier maché, costume jewellery, kani shawls and the carpets hold a significant share in the overall production and exports of the state. Carpet weaving is an essential craft, both at national and state levels, in its overall contribution to employment and revenue.

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