The pro-independence protests in the Muslim-majority state are threatening India-Pakistan peace talks.
Riots sparked by a controversial land-transfer deal have widened to become pro-independence rallies.
As traditional handmade saris go out of fashion, their makers resort to unskilled labor to make ends meet.
Pakistani forces allegedly shelled an Indian military post Wednesday, prompting renewed emphasis on peace talks.
Islamic militants claim to be targeting Indian cities to stoke communal tensions.