Saturday, July 28, 2007

ATimes: China silk trade hits Indian weavers

China silk trade hits Indian weavers

Romance and lore of the ancient "Silk Road" have been buried by the harsh realities of competition as cheap Chinese silk pours into India through the reopened Nathu La Pass in the Himalayas. Former centers of the Indian handwoven-silk trade lie idle, many of their artisans unemployed. Meanwhile, the Chinese rankle at Indian charges of "dumping" cheap silk. - Indrajit Basu

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