How can farmers and weavers benefit from growing and weaving cotton cloth?3 min read . Updated: 06 Aug 2016, 11:05 AM IST
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Sometimes a comparison is more revealing than just a fact. India grows far more cotton than the US. But while cotton in the US is grown by large corporations on farms of vast acreage and harvested by mechanical harvesters, cotton here is grown on small landholdings and harvested by hand. As to the handloom: Compared to the rest of the world, India has by far the largest number of working handlooms. In fact, India is home to 95% of the world’s handlooms, and hand-weaving is the largest employer in the country after agriculture. India’s cotton farmers and weavers together could make a world-beating, handmade, pure-cotton textile industry. The world is looking for handmade goods and India could be the world’s handloom cotton fabric supplier.