Ever since the earliest centuries, India has a rich cultural tradition that is reflected in the country’s various practices and costumes. The artisans and weavers of India have always played a majorly important role in shaping up the handloom traditions of this country that have influenced clothing and fashion for men and women. Indian women, as depicted in art and literature for thousands of years, have worn sarees for all kinds of occasions. The saree as a garment is intimately connected to the personality and nature of the Indian woman as they both beautifully compliments each other. The artisans of this country have developed the handloom techniques over centuries which are used for creating beautiful sarees that clad the Indian woman. In fact, the handloom traditions of India still form the cornerstone of Indian industrial practices and fetch the country significant financial returns.
A distinct character of Indian handloom sarees is that they bear the cultural imprint of the regions from where they originate. So for example, if a particular saree has originated in some part of Bengal, then the designs and motifs used in that saree reflect the cultural practices of that region. In this way, all the different types of handloom sarees that are worn by the Indian women have the characteristic imprint of the places from where they have taken their roots. The designers and creators of handloom sarees make it a point to stick to the actual elements of a particular type of saree while at the same time come up with saree designs that are unique and one of a kind.
Indian sarees are known for their exquisite beauty and versatility. They are not only worn by women in this country but also by those in other parts of the world as well. For this reason, the handloom sarees are considered to be one of the major revenue earners for India in the international market. The exquisite designs and fine artwork of Indian handloom sarees make them ideal buys for any special occasion. Over the last decade or so, there has been a significant rise in the price of the handloom sarees that are available in India and abroad. This trend of rising prices for the Indian handloom sarees has invariably drawn criticism from certain sectors. However, there are a number of factors that have been held responsible for the rising Indian sarees price. So let’s take a look at some of them.
One of the primary reasons for the increasing prices is an increasing competition from other countries such as China and other oriental destinations. These countries are serving as strong contenders when it comes to capturing the European and USA markets and this of course reduces the number of sales of products from the Indian merchants. Consequently, the Indian merchants also need to increase the prices of their products due to the reduced number of sales. Secondly, the prices for the raw materials have also increased over time, and this has increased the production costs for the Indian handlooms. While the Government of India is attempting to reduce the costs of these raw materials, it has not been possible for implementing the same on all corners of the country. Thirdly, as there is now a growing demand for these sarees, the saree manufacturers need to invest more in order to come up with more finished products. To do so, they need the money by which they can buy the raw materials and this is leading them to ask for higher prices. Such factors have led to the overall increase of the price of these sarees on all markets, both domestic and international.