In pictures: Baranasi silk industry battles against looming threats

Banarasi saris have been a byword for sartorial elegance for centuries and even the Buddha was laid to rest veiled in a brocade of silk hand-woven in India’s holiest city Varanasi, according to local legend. However the local silk industry could be killed off within a generation by mass-produced garments and competition from China unless India’s next government steps in to save it, according to management and workers.

Published: May 6, 2014 04:00 AM


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