NATIONAL HANDLOOM DAY

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National Handloom Day is observed across India on August 7 every year. The primary goal of celebrating Handloom Day is to promote handloom and to recognize the efforts as well as skills of the community of weavers engaged in the sector.
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  • The National Handloom Day was first observed in 2015 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister. The day was initiated to spread awareness about the importance of the handloom sector.
  • August 7 was chosen for celebrating National Handloom Day to commemorate the launch of the Swadeshi Movement on the same day in 1905 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). The movement was then led by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, and Lala Lajpat Rai.
  • The Swadeshi Movement was initiated to improve the usage of India-made goods which prominently involved handlooms. This movement also played a major role in the Independence of the country during British Rule.

Significance

  • It is essential for all to know the significance of the day as it not only preserves the rich heritage of our country but also promotes the skill set. Reportedly, the handloom sector is one of the major pillars of the economy after the agricultural sector in our country.
  • A large section of women contributes their service as weavers and other artistic hands in this industry which is becoming the largest epitome for employment as well.
  • These artisans and craftsmen as an industry have been supporting the country as a soft power by ensuring a flow of income.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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