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Indian women weave their way out of climate change woes
by Moushumi Basu

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
31 January 2019

On 31 January 2019 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: A revival of traditional weaving means women can earn a living at home rather than trekking each day to find work, as a warming climate hits rice harvests. The North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS), an Assam-based nonprofit, has teamed up with the state sericulture department to revive the power of handlooms as a form of climate change adaptation. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of business and science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'Weaving emerged as a natural livelihood choice for these women as they are traditionally skilled in this occupation. Almost each home has a loom,' said Tirtha Prasad Saikia, joint director of NEADS.

. . . NEADS is now working with about 2,500 women in 28 villages in Sadiya sub-division, organised into 20 weaving collectives.

. . . Saikia said the weaving revival had reduced the number of women in participating villages who trek in search of daily wage labour by at least 35-40 percent in the past two years.

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