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National Handloom Day

This topic provides information about National Handloom Day.

The National Handloom Day is observed annually on 7th August to honour the handloom weavers in the country and also highlight India’s handloom industry.


The Union Government had declared 7th of August as the National Handloom Day in July 2015 with the objective of generating awareness about the importance of the handloom industry to the socio economic development of the country. August 7 was chosen as the National Handloom Day to commemorate the 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 aimed at reviving domestic products and production processes.

National Handloom Day 2019

The 5th National Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7, 2019 across the country under the coordination of the Ministry of Textiles.

The main event is being held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Bhubaneswar has been chosen as the venue for the main event due to its rich tradition of Handlooms. More thanfifty percent of total weavers population of India resides in Eastern and North Eastern Regions and most of them are women. The prime objective of holding the National Handloom Day in Bhubaneswar is to empower women and girls.

The following activities are being 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 is being observed at Weavers’ Service Centres in different States and 16 National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Campuses.

Handloom Mela and exhibition, workshops, symposiums, panel discussions, special stalls for handloom products, discussion on Twitter involving young designers and prominent personalities from the handloom sector are being organised across the country.

Source : Ministry of Textiles

Schemes related to Handlooms

  1. National Handloom Development Programme(NHDP)
  2. Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme
  3. Yarn Supply Scheme/Mil Gate Price Scheme
  4. Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme
  5. Weavers MUDRA Scheme

Related resources

  1. Handloom Mega Clusters in the country
  2. India Handmade Bazaar - Direct marketing portal for handicrafts and handloom products
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