The traditional raw materials used by artisans are not widely available now due to the breakdown of close linkages between artisanal castes and village communities that specialize in their production. Between this and increased competition from organized industry, artisans now find it to be a bigger challenge than ever to access quality raw materials at affordable prices.
There are little to no raw material banks that could offer them supplies to ensure continued production in times of low or no agricultural produce. This forces artisans to remain without work during off seasons. They are often forced to rely on local traders who provide them with raw materials at high prices or switch to non-traditional raw materials that compromise their quality of goods.