Losing shine

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STATUS: Employs 8 million people currently

POTENTIAL: Even the existing capacity can absorb another 3 million people

HURDLES: Lack of productive silkworms. Poor technology. No access to forests, limits the production of wild silk

The shimmer of silk captivates even the most languid eye. But first, the cocoon of archival laws has to be unravelled and examined in fresh light.

India is the world's second largest producer of silk, after China. All the four silk varieties