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TEA INDUSTRY- Small Growers to Prop up Large Plantations

question. Even if rapacious middlemen are eliminated it's hard to see how women doing hand embroidery can ever get time- rate payments, even when voluntary agencies, government departments and lovers of handicraft come to their rescue. I've no idea what those who have sincerely devoted their lives to the preservation of traditional embroidery-related crafts and the betterment of the conditions of crafts- women feel about the uncomfortable contradictions inherent in this issue. I know that I'd personally feel very sad if these beautiful crafts and intricate skills were to gradually die out. But then, all countries in the past must have had their own lovely handicrafts which at one time must have had an intimate place in the daily lives of their people. With industrialisation and changes in the methods of production, inevitably handicrafts have declined the world over. If today in India and elsewhere efforts are made to preserve these skills, surely they can be retained and admired only as museum pieces? Or indulged in as leisure-time activities by those who are fortunate enough to enjoy leisure time? What is the justification in clinging to them as a means of generating employment if the livelihood is going to be so exploitative?

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