Raw deals leave the weavers dejected

Bhubaneswar: Jugal Kishore who hails from Krushnapada area in Samblapur is a weaver of Sambalpuri sarees by profession. But poverty has forced the weaver to give up his traditional occupation and resort to other profession to earn his living. Hundreds of weavers like Jugal are now losing their importance as the changing trends have overthrown a gloomy condition over the demand of Sambalpuri sarees and the economic conditions of its magical weavers.
The economic conditions of these weavers have raised questions over their survival. While the conditions of hundreds of such weavers do not seem to improve, they are willing to do a little to keep their traditional profession going.
A weaver takes four to five days to weave a Sambalpuri saree and earns a profit of Rs 400 to Rs 500 on each saree.
Most of the time, the weaver gets work through a middleman. The weaver every month earns an amount of Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 which is very less to run a family. This apart, the rise in the price of raw materials and decline in the consumers’ interest for such sarees have forced the weavers to give in to other professions.
While a few are continuing with the family tradition, most of them have resorted to many other professions.