- Title: Coronavirus hits silk industry artisans in India
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JULY 15, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF VIEW OF RAM SHANKAR JAISWAL SHOPKEEPER, RAM SHANKAR JAISWAL SHOWING 'SAREE' (TRADITIONAL INDIAN ATTIRE) TO CUSTOMER JAISWAL LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF JAISWAL LOOKING AT 'SAREE' VARIOUS OF 'SAREES' ON DISPLAY AT SHOP (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) SHOPKEEPER, RAM SHANKAR JAISWAL, SAYING: "This time (import) of Chinese silk is not taking place. All those who have it (already) are selling it but no silk is coming from China from outside." (REPORTER ASKING-How is the sale?) There is no sale." VARIOUS OF WEAVERS WORKING VARIOUS OF SILK (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) WEAVER, MOHAMMAD YASEEN, SAYING: "It (work) is going really bad, brother. We are on the verge of getting starved. No one is there to buy it (silk) and no one is giving us work." VARIOUS OF MACHINES
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 17:02
- Keywords: China India coronavirus pandemic saree silk
- Location: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMX9E1B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Silk industry workers in India's northern Varanasi city are facing the heat of coronavirus pandemic as they have been left with hardly any work in the absence Chinese silk.
The industry, which is the pride of the temple town of Varanasi, is now gasping for life due to unavailability of cheap Chinese yarn.
India is on the third-highest total in the world behind Brazil and the United States with 936,181 cases and 24,309 deaths.
While weavers are struggling to make ends meet as there are no takers of silk made in the country, the shopkeepers said they were not able to sell any finished products.
China is biggest exporter of raw silk to India accounting for almost 99 per cent of exported raw silk worth $ 224.5 million as of 2012-13.
- Copyright Holder: ANI (India)
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