Every year on August 7, National Handloom Day is observed to honor the handloom weavers’ of the country and to highlight India’s handloom industry. The day aims at the contribution of handlooms to the socio-economic development of the country and also to increase the income of the weavers.
Here’s looking at significance and celebration of the National Handloom Day
Significance of National Handloom Day
In 2015, the Union Government had declared August 7 as the National Handloom Day with the objective of generating awareness about the importance of handloom industry to the socio-economic development of the country.
August 7 was chosen as the day to commemorate Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this day in 1905 in Calcutta Town Hall to protest against the partition of Bengal by the British government. The movement had focused on reviving domestic products and production process.
The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on August 7, 2015, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the centenary of Madras University in Chennai.
Celebration of National Handloom Day
The main event of National Handloom Day will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and Bhubaneswar has been chosen as the main event due to its rich tradition of Handlooms. More than 50% of total weavers’ population resides in Eastern and North Eastern Regions and most of them are women. The main reason for holding the day at Bhubaneswar is to empower women and girls.
The following activities will be undertaken all across the country
- Distribution of Pehchan Cards and Yarn Passbooks
- Distribution of MUDRA loan
- Distribution of lighting units and certificates for construction of work sheds.
- National Handloom Day to be observed at Weavers’ Service Centres in different States.
- At 16 NIFT Campuses and Handloom Mela and exhibition, workshops, panel discussions, special stalls for handloom products at Gandhinagar and Kolkata NIFT campuses.
- Live broadcast of discussion on Twitter from the digital studio of IMG Reliance, involving young designers and prominent personalities from the handloom sector.
- Symposium at Crafts Museum in New Delhi by Fashion Design Council of India with participants from the Ministry of Textiles, master weavers, textile designers, fashion designers, and textile experts.
- Workshop through IGNOU/NIOS to impart information about educational opportunities to weave and their wards.