National Handloom Day 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the primary National Handloom Day in 2015 to salute weavers and to market handmade and handwoven.
The day also highlights the handloom industry and is widely known on 7 August annually. It also focuses on the contribution of handloom to the socio-economic development of the country and increase the income of the weavers.
National Handloom Day: History
In July 2015, the Union government declared 7 August as National Handloom Day with an aim to get awareness about the importance of the handloom industry. On 7 August 2015, the primary National Handloom Day was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centenary Hall of Madras University in Chennai.
National Handloom Day 2021 Theme
The special day is to symbolize the cultural heritage and improve the socio-economic status of people who follow the handloom sector as a major livelihood. The day also enables us to all gather and reaffirm, and assist the handloom weavers and encourage people to purchase the handloom merchandise. This will empower the weavers, of which 70% are women, both financially and infuse contentment in their craftsmanship.
National Handloom Day: Significance
To commemorate the Swadeshi Movement, 7 August was chosen as National Handloom Day. Swadeshi Movement was launched on 7 August, 1905 within the Calcutta government building to protest against the partition of Bengal by British Government. the target of the movement was also to revive domestic products and production processes.
National Handloom Day: Celebrations
According to MoS Textile Smt. Darshana Jardosh, the Handloom sector may be a symbol of our country’s rich and varied cultural heritage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, within the 75th year of Independence, has urged all folks as a nation to shop for Indian Handloom products and showcase their grandeur by associating with #MyHandloomMyPride.
At the National level, “My Handloom My Pride Expo” is being organised from 1 August to fifteen August 2021 at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi by National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) to celebrate the 7th National Handloom Day.
No doubt the Expo will provide direct access to the Handloom weavers of several areas of India, to plug their genuine Handloom products to consumers. Through this, handloom agencies not only market their products at reasonable rates but also come to understand the selection of consumers regarding colour, design, and weaving for future improvement of the merchandise .
More than 125 Handloom agencies/ National awardees belonging to 22 states are participating.
From 11 am to eight pm, the exhibition are going to be hospitable the general public till 15 August, 2021 and it’s expected that quite 10000 people will visit the exhibition.