Business Empty handlooms and dipping sales: Kanchipuram's weavers pin hopes on Budget 2019 Updated : June 26, 2019 05:18 PM IST In July 2017, the goods and services tax (GST) regime brought with it tepid demand and slowing sales for Kanchipuram's famous silk sarees. Data from multiple silk weavers’ associations in Kanchipuram show that the number of handloom units has dropped from 200,000 pre-GST, to just around 10,000 today. Retailers and weavers alike are hopeful of some impetus from the Union Budget due to be presented on July 5. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.