Srinagar, Dec 04 : Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashmir (CCIK) has expressed serious concern over the tie up of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Khadi Institutions from Varanasi & Ghazipur districts in Uttar Pradesh for processing Raw Pashmina wool.
In a statement issued to KNS, CCIK President Tariq Rashid Ghani said with this initiative the Pashmina wool products of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir, will now be woven in Varanasi which will affect the livelihood of many artisans from Kashmir and Ladakh.
He said the art is unique and indigenous with Kashmir and skilling outside J&K artisans with the art will have severe consequences on its originality and also affect local artisans.
CCIK has urged LG administration to prevail upon the KVIC for reconsidering the decision.
“Earlier also the ban on Shahtoosh affected Kashmir’s industry and now skilling outside J&K artisans with our unique art of Pashmina wool will affect the handicraft industry badly.”
CCIK President said the Khadi institutions of Varanasi have purchased 500 KG of raw Pashmina wool from Leh recently and brought it to Delhi for processing.
“The huge quantity of raw wool export will hit our industry and needs to be processed in Leh and Kashmir only to boost our own trade and help artisans. We appeal LG of Ladakh and LG of J&K to immediately look into the matter and save the industry.” (KNS)