Today, when we are celebrating Friendship Day our nation is also celebrating the 2nd National Handloom Day. Handloom industry is among the top employment generator in India after agriculture. More than 43 lakh weaver and allied workers are engaged in it and there is no wonder in sharing that around 78% of them are women.
Fair Trade Forum- India supports the #IWearHandloom campaign.
Our members across the nation are involved in handloom industry and create not only national but a vast international market for these products. We are happy to see Indian Government’s constant efforts towards popularising the handloom work. The launch of #IWearHandloom campaign on social network is attracting lot of people to extend their support for the community which weaves the diverse fabric of our nation’s rich heritage. We support the artisan behind the product you wear. National Handloom day was formally notified in the Gazatte of Indian Government, with the objective to generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry and its contribution to the socio economic development of the country in general and to promote handlooms.
The date August 7 has been chosen due to its special significance in India’s freedom struggle; it was on this day in 1905 that the Swadeshi Movement was formally launched at a massive meeting in the Calcutta Town Hall. The movement involved revival of domestic products and production processes. The Government of India has declared August 7 as National Handloom Day every year, in memory of that and no wonder it coincides with the friendship day as today we give a helping hand to the Handloom people. #IWearHandloom, Ministry of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani