Source: Textile Review

Handloom is one of the most important cottage industries of Assam. In rural areas, Handloom is regarded as one of the most important activities, and most of the rural folks get engaged in weaving activities.

Handloom textile cottage industry plays an important role in the socio-economic life of Assamese people, particularly in rural areas of Assam. It is one of the major ways of earning a livelihood next to agriculture for Assamese people. As such, the Govt. of Assam is giving more importance to the upliftment of the socio-economic status of females by launching various schemes related to handloom and textile through the Department of Handloom and Textile (H & T).

Objective of Handloom and Textile Department

The Directorate of Handloom and Textile, Assam, was created by the Govt. of Assam in the year 1983. Previously, it was known as the Directorate of Sericulture and Weaving. Weaving has been renamed as the Directorate of Handloom and Textile. The main objectives of this department are mentioned below:

  • To upgrade the socio-economic status of poor women living below the poverty line in rural areas.
  • To make them self-dependent.
  • To provide various types of looms and accessories and yarn by implementing various schemes relating to weavers.
  • To make the women folks of rural areas economically sound and empower them in the real sense of the term.

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Originally Published in Textile Review, April-2011

The author is an Associate Professor with the Department of Human Resource Management in Golaghat Commerce College, Golaghat, Assam.