Down a bustling narrow lane of Delhi's renowned Chandni Chowk, there's smoke billowing from a tiny doorway. Acrid fumes fill my lungs, but it is the sight that makes my eyes water.
Spectacular old saris woven and embroidered with real gold and silver thread are being unceremoniously thrown into a fire and reduced to their precious metals.
I am witnessing what I had always considered to be an Indian "urban myth"!
The practice of burning an old or damaged sari for its' metal is a simple matter of economics.
Scant regard is given to amount of work invested in such a garment or the textile artistry being destroyed.