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Govt declares August 7 as National Handloom Day
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Aug '15
The government has declared August 7 as National Handloom Day from this year, according to an official statement. The government took the decision after considering requests from several quarters.

The first National Handloom Day will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on August 7. The Sant Kabir Awards and National Awards for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 will be awarded and a new 'India Handloom' brand for better market positioning of quality handloom products would be launched on this occasion, the statement said.

The government said observance of National Handloom Day would generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry as a part of our rich heritage and culture, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride.

Over 43 lakh people are engaged in handloom weaving and allied activities in India as per the last handloom census. This industry is a source of livelihood to large section of rural population particularly women, and BPL families, in addition to this being a part of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of our country.

All State Governments have been requested to arrange celebration of this day all over the country by encouraging active participation of all segments of the society, the statement said. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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