SRINAGAR: Kashmir Pashmina Karigar Union (KPKU) Moday staged a protest against those seeking aid for them, asking the government to give them space to perform their craft, that has been overtaken by machines hitting at their living.
The union members said that they are upset over a statement made by a top government official wherein he had urged businessmen community to support city artisans living in deplorable conditions.
The union members said that have been pained by a statement made by District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah who recently said that the artisans in Srinagar city are living in a deplorable condition and should be provided financial help by business community.
Rauf Ahmad Qureshi, President KPKU told Kashmir Reader that this statement has upset the artisan community who has always upheld dignity in their labor.
“Such irresponsible statements would not help our cause, we have been fighting that the traditional pashmina industry be revived, and the shawl making once again be carried by hands instead of machines that have snatched the livelihood of thousand of artisans,” he said.
The union said that it has been asking the government to ban the spinning machines that are used not only to spin the pashmina yarn, but are a primary source of adulteration in this pashmina wool.
“Only few factories are gaining from this machine spinning trade while the real artisans are facing hardship,” the protesters said
The protesters said that the officer should use his authority to stamp down on those involved in machine made pashmina in the Srinagar city.