The enduring “looking down” on any kind of hand/dirty work is disturbing. The whole deep hierarchy manifested in caste, which no outside religion or inside reform has really managed to touch. People like Kabir, Namdev(the patron saint of the Chippas we work with), Raidas and many others were responsible for a tectonic shift towards people who perform physical production in a society to let them claimed their rightful dignity.
I feel somewhat a little disturbed that the Kabir project by deifying the spirit and poet part of Kabir is following the classical tradition of raising him to a level an avatar, just as the elite earlier took over Buddha. I feel that by not highlighting Kabir the Julaha, how the most radical critique is of giving dignity to labour, of giving creative labour its space,beauty and meaning is lost.
Sorry but this is because one has directly experienced the kind of derision upper castes to this day. For me Nirgun of Kabir is incomplete in the hands of academics and performers. If Kabir wanted he could have been a zen master/guru in the old sense but he chose to carry on weaving.