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National Handloom Day

Focus: GS-I Art and Culture

Why in news?

The Prime Minister has paid a tribute to India’s rich cultural diversity and all those working to celebrate India’s artistic traditions on the occasion of National Handloom Day.

Introduction

  • Handloom sector is a symbol of the country’s glorious cultural heritage and an important source of livelihood in the country.
  • The sector is key to women empowerment as over 70% of handloom weavers and allied workers is women.

National Handloom Day

  • 7th August was chosen as the National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on the same date in the year 1905.
  • On this day, the handloom weaving community is honoured and the contribution of this sector in the socio-economic development of this country is highlighted.
  • The objective is to generate awareness about Handloom Industry amongst public at large and its contribution to the socio-economic development.
  • The objective is to generate awareness about Handloom Industry amongst public at large and its contribution to the socio-economic development.
  • The more the world knows about the richness and diversity of these products, the greater our artisans and weavers will benefit.

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