|Genuine craftsmen are always poor, time immemorial|
Even without heading deep into the labyrinth of gallis, it’s possible to view and buy products crafted by Varanasi weavers. In common with cities throughout the country, handicraft shops and sari stores are never difficult to locate. Hand-painted signs direct tourists up from the ghats, touts offer anyone gripping a camera an invitation to what they claim to be their family shops and silk emporiums in the streets around Godaulia and the chowk.
|Hard labor for craftsmen|
Fortunately, though, a number of families are still able to weave themselves a living. High quality, hand produced fabrics are now much sought after by elite fashion houses.