Berhampur’s moniker of Silk City at risk with decline in skilled weavers

Silk city Berhampur famous for its silk saris in Orissa sees a discernible chill in the air as it has lost much of its sheen over the years. It was here in Berhampur that the handloom industry in the state took roots decades back. The city, once home to hundreds of weavers, is now witnessing a steady decline of the craft. The age-old handloom industry in the city was one of the largest economic activity after agriculture that provided direct and indirect employment to lakhs of weavers and allied workers.