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Bunkar:The Last of the Varanasi Weavers is a documentary film that focuses on the lives of the weavers of Varanasi. It showcases the nuances of the handloom sector in Varanasi, what makes it stand out from other handloom products and the issues that affect its artisans. The film was made in 2018 and had its world premiere in the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India 2018, Goa.[1]

Bunkar: The Documentary on Varanasi Weavers by Narrative Pictures
Bunkar: The Last of the Varanasi Weavers
  • Directed by: Satyaprakash Upadhyay
  • Produced by: Sapana Sharma
  • Cinematography: Vijay Mishra
  • Edited by: Arunabha Mukherjee
  • Running time: 67 minutes
  • Country: India
  • Language: English with Hindi


Varanasi or Kashi is known to have been, and continues to be a famous weaving center for luxury textiles. The problems affecting the Varanasi handloom sector[2] and the recent efforts to revive it by the government of India[3] are also not unknown to anyone. Still an issue continues to exist.


  1. Khan, Murtaza Ali (2018-11-23). "A window to Indian cinema". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  2. Panicker, Anahita (2018-05-05). "In this documentary, Varanasi's sari weavers talk about their craft and its present state of decline". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. "Hanging on a Thread". The Indian Express. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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