These are some of the injured sarees which we have in stock and almost 20% of the sarees which we receive are wounded hence needs care. They are not disabled sarees. Though they cannot be utilised for the purpose it was woven for, we have been using them productively, and that's not the point.
The payment for all our saree/textile is made even before it reaches us. We keep cajoling the weavers to be more careful but as many of them are first-generation weavers and not skillfully trained, few mishaps tend to happen. We recognise and accept it. Without defending negligence, weavers are being encouraged to be more attentive, but let's give them some time. The fragility of the yarn and the condition of the loom also plays a part in the wound-mark. Either way, we do not palm any of this burden to the consumer.
While people precede product for us, unfortunately, this may not be the case with many brands, retailers, and consumers. Somehow perfectly finished product seems to precede the inherent charm of handmade. In the name of quality control, the good-looking ones are hand-picked and the rest of them are sorted as 2nd or 3rd grade and often abandoned either at the wholesaler, co-operatives or the weaver. Many a time the weaver doesn't get paid for the work, hence a waste of a human effort.
So, is caring a collective responsibility? and what is our understanding of flawless or scar and how do we treat them?
This handloom day, let's honour the beauty in the blemish and the hand behind the handloom. Let's stand with our heritage craft which has stood strong for many generations.
It's the strongest which has most of the scars and let's celebrate it.