2012 - 2013
Through this project I have become aware of how some of our decisions impact thousand of lives, often thousands of miles away. India’s fashion sensibility has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Fewer women want to wear saris, and those who do, want cheaper, mass produced material.
The artisans of once famous hand-woven Varanasi Sari are struggling for survival against our changing fashion sensibilities, power looms, lack of infrastructure, meager wages, and poor sanitation. Making a sari usually involves an entire family, although usually only the men will be paid on delivery of the final product.
Parents try to ensure their children become literate so they have better chances of an alternative livelihood, but monetary constraints often force their children to drop out of school to work.
This series is a look at some of the stories behind the sari.