Silk does not stainSilk does not stain
from lubricants used in condoms. That is one of the facts in this bizarrely fascinating BBC news story. Among other facts
The Indian city of Varanasi is getting through around 600,000 condoms a day, but this is no population control exercise.
The weaver rubs the condom on the loom's shuttle, which is softened by the lubricant thus making the process of weaving faster.
The lubricant does not leave any stain on the silk thread which might soil the valuable saris.
There are around 150,000 to 200,000 hand and power looms in Varanasi alone and almost all are using the technique.
There is some concern, however,
Some of the weavers fear the industry could be at risk if sari buyers learn their garments are made with condom lubricant.