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 livelihood next to agriculture of Assamese people.' As such the Govt. of Assam is paying more importance for the upliftment of socioeconomic status of the female by launching various schemes relating 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 is 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 the 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 empower them in real sense of the term.


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Originally Published in Textile Review, April-2011


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