National Handloom Day-7 August
National Handloom Day is celebrated every year on 7 August to honor the handloom weavers in the country. This is the fourth year that it is being celebrated after it was instituted in 2015. This day was instituted with a motive to bring in light the contribution of handloom in the socioeconomic development of the country and to increase the income of the handloom weavers in India.
The date 7 August was chosen by the Union government to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this day in 1905 in the Calcutta Town Hall to protest against the partition of Bengal by the British Government. The movement also involved revival of domestic products and production techniques.
The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 August 2015 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Handloom sector contributes to about 15% of the cloth production in the country and also adds to the country’s export earnings. Most important fact here is that world’s 95% of the hand woven fabric comes from India.
The hand woven fabrics turn into beautiful clothes only after the artisans work their magic on them by introducing embroidery, block prints and brocade. It is of utmost significance that the artisans and handloom weavers involved in the handloom industry be uplifted.