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Ministry of Textiles Celebrates 7th National Handloom Day on August 07

Newdelhi:6/8/21; Ministry of Textile will celebrate 7th National Handloom Day on August 07, 2021.On this day, the handloom weaving community is honoured and the contribution of this sector to the socio-economic development of this country is highlighted. The resolve to protect our handloom heritage and to empower the handloom weavers and workers with greater opportunities is reaffirmed. This year, Ministry of Textiles will organize a function to celebrate the Day at Convention Centre, The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The event will be presided over by Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs& Food and Public DistributionShri PiyushGoyal and   Minister of State  for Textiles  and Railways Smt. DarshanaJardosh will be Guest of Honour. Secretary Textiles, Shri U. P. Singh will also participate in the event.

In the 75th year of independence, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has urged all of us as a nation to buy Indian Handloom products and showcase their grandeur by associating with #MyHandloomMyPride.

A symbol of our country’s rich and varied cultural heritage, Handloom is an important sector providing livelihood in rural and semi-rural parts of our country. It is a sector that directly addresses women’s empowerment with over 70% of all weavers and allied workers being female.One of the defining movements in our struggle for freedom was Swadeshi Movement. Launched on 7th August, 1905, the movement encouraged indigenous industries and the spirit of Swadeshi, which included handloom weavers as well. In 2015, the Government of India decided to designate the 7th August every year, as the National Handloom Day (NHD.) The first NHD was inaugurated on August 07, 2015 by thePrime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai. Functions celebrating NHD have since been held at Varanasi, Guwahati, Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar. The Government of India endeavours to ensure sustainable development of the handloom sector thereby empowering our handloom weavers and workers financially and instilling pride in their exquisite craftsmanship.

Three Handloom Craft Villages  atKovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Mohpara Village, District Golaghat, Assam and Kanihama, Budgam, Srinagar  are being  set up by  Ministry of Textiles in collaboration with the respective State governments. The aim behind setting up the craft villages at these places is to provide additional attraction for the domestic and international tourists and promote the well-known Handloom & Handicraft Products of the region.

Following activities have been plannedthrough VC on the occasion of 7th National Handloom Day at New Delhi:

  • i. Inauguration of Design Resource Centre (DRCs) at Kancheepuram
  1. Showcasing of Handloom Villages being developed by Development Commissioner (Handlooms) at:
  1. Kovalam (Dist. Thiruananthpuram, Kerala)
  2. Mohpara (Dist. Golaghat, Assam)
  3. Kanihama (Dist. Budgam, J&K)
  1. Virtual Buyer Seller Meet by National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC)
  2. Inauguration of building of Weavers’ Service Centre (WSCs) at RaigarhDesign Resource Centres (DRCs) are being established by NIFT in all WSCs in a phased manner, wherein vast inventory of designs and resources will be available for use by exporters, Manufacturers, Designers, Weavers and other stake holders.

On the clarion call of the Prime Minister, National level – My Handloom My Pride Expo” is being organized at DilliHaat, INA, New Delhi from 1st August to 15th August 2021 by National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) to celebrate the 7th National Handloom Day.Handloom Producer Companies and weavers are   showcasing and displaying handloom products from handloom Clusters/pockets from across the Country for sale. 125 plus Handloom agencies/ National awardees belonging to 22 states are participating in the Expo. The exhibition will be open to public from 11 am to 8 pm for fifteen days upto August 15, 2021 and more than 10000 people are expected to visit the exhibition.

Handloom products drawn from some of the exotic locations of India are on display and sale at the exhibition. A brief list is given below: –

· Andhra Pradesh Kalamkari Handloom dress materials
· Bihar Bhagalpuri tussar silk sarees & dress materials
· Karnataka Ilkal silk sarees, bedsheet, dupatta
· Madhya Pradesh Chanderi sarees, suit, dupatta
· Manipur Manipur traditional H/L products
· Mizoram Mizoram traditional H/L products
· Odisha SambalpuriIikkat sarees, dress material
· Punjab Phulkari
· Rajasthan Cotton Bedsheet, Towel, Yogamat
· Uttar Pradesh Banarasi sarees, suit, dress material
· WestBengal Jamdani sarees, dress material, stoles
· Tamil Nadu Salem sarees, dress material
· Telengana Pochampally Ikat sarees, dress material

From 7th to 11th August 2021  #MyHandloomMyPride Expo will also be organised by Handloom Export Promotion Council at Community Hall,New Motibagh, near Hotel Leela Palace.

Besides, local functions will be organized at all Weavers’ Service Centres, Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology, Offices of National Handloom Development Corporation, Handloom Exports Promotion Council, NIFT Campuses, State Govt Handloom Departments and Handloom Clusters. A Quiz each for students and general public on Handlooms is being organized by MyGov Portal from 7th to 11th August and from 19th to 22nd August,2021.

The details about major Handloom producing States and number of   handloom weavers and workers are given below:

4th All India Handloom Census (2019-20)

No. Parameters 4th Handloom Census
1 Number of Looms 28.20 lakh
2 Number of Households 31.44 lakh
3 Total number of Handloom Workers 35.22 lakh
a) Total number of Weavers 26.74 lakh
b) Total number of allied workers 8.48 lakh
5 Average no. of working days in a year by handloom worker 207

Major Handloom States

No. State No. of Handloom Workers
1 Assam 12,83,881
2 West Bengal 6,31,447
3 Tamil Nadu 2,43,575
4 Manipur 2,24,684
5 Uttar Pradesh 1,90,957
6 Andhra Pradesh 1,77,447
7 Tripura 1,37,639
8 Odisha 1,17,836
9 Arunachal Pradesh 94,616
10 Karnataka 54,791

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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