“The system of advance proved harmful for the weavers.” How?


  • As loans flowed in and the demand for fine textiles expanded, weavers eagerly took the advances, hoping to earn more.
  • Many weavers had small plots of land which were cultivated to take care of their family needs. Now they had to lease out the land and devote all their time to weaving.
  • Weaving required the labour of the entire family with children and women all engaged in different stages of the process.
  • Now after losing land, the weavers became dependent on others for their food supplies and other needs.