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National Handloom Day

In India, National Handloom Day is celebrated every year on August 7. Handloom means a type of artistry in which the clothes are weaved with the help of a machine, and the weavers operate the weaving device entirely or partially by hand or foot. National Handloom Day was commemorated to pay tribute to the contributions of the people involved in the Handloom industry because they carry forward the traditional heritage of India. India is the second largest exporter of handloom products in the world. On August 7, 2023, the Ministry of Textiles will organize the 8th National Handloom Day. In this article, we have discussed the History, Significance, and Theme of National Handloom Day 2023

National Handloom Day: History

In 2015 the Honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi declared August 7 National Handloom Day. The first National Handloom Day celebration occurred in the Centenary Hall of Madras University, Chennai. National Handloom Day is decided to be observed on August 7 because Swadeshi Movement started in Bengal in 1905. The main aim of the Swadeshi Movement was to boycott foreign-made products and promote the use of products made in India.

National Handloom Day Significance

National Handloom Day is celebrated to promote our nation’s diverse and rich cultural heritage. The textile and Handloom industry is the second largest after agriculture, which boosts India’s economy and provides employment to the people. Many of the population earn their livelihood through the handloom industry, especially those in rural and semi-rural areas. 70% of the workers employed in the Handloom sector are women. The handloom sector plays a significant role in the country’s socio-economic development. Hence, Government needs to focus on the issues faced by the industry and make them prosper.

Several schemes have been initiated by the Government of India to help the Handloom industry, like the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS), and Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS), Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS). The Textile Ministry has built Handloom Craft Villages in three states of India: Mohpara Village in the Golaghat district of Assam; Kovalam village in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, and Kanihama Village, in the Budgam district of Srinagar. On National Handloom Day, people are urged to boycott foreign-made clothes, prefer handwoven apparel, and promote the schemes of the Government, such as Vocal for Local and Atamnirbhar Bharat. The National Centre for Heritage Textiles (NCHT), present in Janpath, New Delhi, will host an exhibition on the 8th National Handloom Day under the Ministry of Textiles.

National Handloom Day Theme

The Theme of National Handloom Day 2023 was “Handloom, an Indian Legacy.” Weaving is an exquisite and complicated art form that carries forward the legacy of Indian cultural heritage, and through this, the life and economy of our country get empowered.

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