National Handloom Day 2023: National Handloom Day is celebrated annually on August 7 in the country. The day aims to recognize and appreciate the efforts of Indian artisans and the handloom community. Likewise, this day emphasizes on providing support to women weavers for their growth and empowerment.
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— Ministry of Textiles (@TexMinIndia)
August 7, 2023
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– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
August 6, 2023
National Handloom Day 2023: date and theme
Every year, August 7 is celebrated as National Handloom Day in India. The official theme to celebrate the 9th anniversary of Handloom Day 2023 is “My Handloom, My Pride”.
National Handloom Day 2023 was celebrated under the theme “The handloom, a legacy of India”, which focuses on the rich heritage of the handloom and its important contribution to the Indian economy.
National Handloom Day 2023: History
India is the land of the largest handloom industry. It is one of the most important sources of economy in rural and semi-urban areas. The day commemorates the Swadeshi Movement launched on August 7, 1905.
According to the official government website, “In 2015, the Government of India decided to designate August 7 of each year as National Handloom Day. The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on August 7, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai.”
National Handloom Day 2023: Importance
The purpose of National Handloom Day is to encourage sustainable practices, uphold India’s cultural history and strengthen national pride and identity. Some other reasons to celebrate National Handloom Day are:
- promote crafts
- To empower artisans
- Revitalize the handloom sector
- Promotion of ecological fashion
- Boost the rural economy
- Keep cultural heritage safe
- Endorsing ‘Make In India’
- Promotion of artisanal tourism
- Increased social awareness
How is India celebrating National Handloom Day 2023?
On the occasion of National Handloom Day, different events, exhibitions and awareness campaigns are organized throughout the country. The five National Handloom Day events highlight the importance of supporting local artisans, ethical fashion and responsible consumer choices. Check all the events below:
The Government of India has started a special selfie contest on the occasion of National Handloom Day. Indian citizens are requested to show their attachment to handlooms by sharing interesting selfies on the official website of the Government of India.
- Share your business story
The 9th anniversary of National Handloom Day aims to encourage and motivate start-ups and entrepreneurs/agencies in the handloom sector. Indian citizens can share their business development journey/story, again on the official website of the Government of India.
The Government of India encourages all spool enthusiasts to publish a spool about their love for handloom. Participants must submit a link to a video on the MyGov platform.
Take the pledge to use handloom from the official MyGov website. All participants who take the oath will receive the certificate.
In addition to the above initiatives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate National Handloom Day with 3000 handloom and khadi weavers, artisans and stakeholders from the textile and MSME sectors. According to the official website. He will also launch the electronic portal “भारतीय वस्त्र एवं शिल्प कोष”, a repository of textiles and handicrafts developed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
In conclusion, National Handloom Day recognizes the hardships and skills of all Indian handloom weavers and craftsmen. The day recognizes and appreciates contributions and encourages artisans to continue their craft, preserving the cultural fabric of the country.