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India's Benarasi handloom sari faces extinction

COVID-19 threatening the viability of a cherished heritage craft

Ziyaul Mustafa's wooden handloom has stood virtually unused since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Without urgent government support, Varanasi's hand-woven sari industry faces extinction. (Photo by Mohammad Muqeed)

The gold, red, and magenta threads that festoon Ziyaul Mustafa's wooden handloom are soiled.

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