If govt can’t protect pashmina industry, close Handicrafts, Industries departments: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the “injustices” met by people related to pashmina industry at the hands of state government, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the centuries old craft was being slowly smothered due to anti-craftsmen policies currently pursued by the authorities.
Stressing that use of power loom machines in pashmina weaving was one of the main reasons behind the declining pashmina craft, Mirwaiz stated that as a result the industry is dying and thousands of people and craftsmen involved in the pashmina industry were being rendered unemployed.
A delegation of Pashmina weavers from Srinagar on Tuesday called on the Mirwaiz and discussed with him the problems faced by them due to anti-craftsmen policies of the government.
They told Mirwaiz that government was making false claims of protecting the industry and the interest of the weavers.
Mirwaiz ensured the delegation that he would raise his voice against the injustices met by the pashmina craftsmen.
He said that this craft of Pashmina weaving along with other handicrafts was brought by Shah-I-Hamadan Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) to Kashmir which revolutionized the economy of Kashmir.
He emphasized that it was criminal on the part of the government and the departments of Handicrafts and Industries to remain insensitive to the slow death of the centuries old pashmina industry of Kashmir.
He said if the government cannot act to preserve this industry then they should put shutters on the handicraft and industries departments.