In the Unaveruwa village, for 193 families including almost 348 women (which makes up seventy five percent of the community) Sesath is their main source of income. Regrettably, this unique, old art form is under threat and making communities dependent on it socially and economically marginalized. Increasingly the youth in the community are not willing to carry on the tradition due to limited economic returns and its perceived non-suitability as a vocation.
If the craft is to survive it needs proper marketing of the Sesath, its cultural value and the people who make it and diversification of products that honor the craft and address modern needs. An integrated plan that addresses the economic and social needs of the community may heighten the interest of a next generation of Sesath makers.