Some of the centuries-old silk and sari weaving communities in Barakat-serviced Uttar Pradesh are finding themselves without work. Their weaving orders are being redirected to the power-looms India's West Coast.
According to The Economist's recent report, around half the weavers in one large city are now "employed in other work, or jobless… In school-time, the streets and murky houses are filled with children – including many skilled weavers…they have no more work lined up." The Economist's prescribed solution: education, of course. New schools in Uttar Pradesh provide not only an alternative to hard labor for its children, but also opportunities break out of the weaving tradition and pursue other talents.