Global Pashmina Activist to take up Pashmina Power Looms issue with the Central Government

Jammu: Babar, the Pashmina Activist and the Global Voice for the Pashmina Industry, who was profiled by TIME Magazine, “The Genius Issue” for his work in Pashmina,  in a press conference with various industry stakeholders today alleged that government has failed to implement ban on spinning machines and power looms in the Kashmir valley. The entire industry and the artisans in Kashmir are in troubled waters from last 15 years as the open use of spinning machines have rendered them jobless. The influx of synthetic and non-pashmina from places like Amritsar has killed the Pashmina Industry of Kashmir. It is a well known fact now that machine unit holders in Kashmir indulging in Pashmina are registered for materials and articles other than Pashmina by Directorate of Industries and Commerce and despite serving notice to them they have been continuously operating illegally. Pashmina Handicraft has lost its trust and goodwill in the national and international market because machined Pashmina is faked to hand spun and hand woven and the material coming from Amritsar. He stated that the government has given protection to coppersmiths by enactment Indian Hand-loom Artisans Act 1985.Babar Press Conf Pashmina


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