But saris are not just associated with the morale of women here. In many Indian villages the hand-woven saris are drapes that bind the whole family together. As such, the tradition of handloom business where the men and women alike sit for hours to make one single 6 feet drape is a matter of both survival and ancient integrity. A similar vibe touches you when you cross the mud routes of Dhatrigram, West Bengal. Here every second household is into handloom business. Festivity or not, the beating sound of the huge wooden machine never ceases.
The lockdown to control the outbreak of Covid-19 has indeed affected every segment of the society. However, when it comes to these traditional artisans, they are facing a turbulent time with their handloom businesses as often these handlooms are the only source of livelihood for the entire family. “Threads'' are a huge component for the production of handwoven saris which are not available in the local markets. They have to be procured from distant lands which in this lockdown is life threatening. More so, the current stock of saris is hoarded in their houses and their daily bread-earning source has come at a standstill. The art of binding threads into a magical piece that once runs the families are shutting down and these workers have nowhere to go because weaving is all they’ve have known since ages.
Milaap, for a long time, has been standing strong with these workers helping them with timely capital interventions necessary to sustain and grow their business. You can be a part of this gesture by making a small contribution with a big intent and safeguarding 100 such weavers. Weaving is as important as the agro-based livelihood in this part of the state and your help will assist these workers to vivify their businesses post the lockdown period. Its impact will be much more than the monetary amount; it will give them the motivation to keep upholding their traditional art work that forms a part of their cultural identity.