There are about 500,000 weavers in Varanasi associated with the Varanasi Silk Industry. It is estimated that 60 % of the handlooms do not have any work. There is starvation and malnutrition. There are very few really skilled weavers and many of the younger weavers are changing to menial jobs to make ends meet. This art faces extinction. One reason is because of various reasons including Chinese copies. This video interview describes the various kinds of Varanasi Sari.