Indian Govt celebrates National Handloom Day on 7 August every year. The day is celebrated to honour the handloom weavers in the nation.

In 2015, 7 August was first declared as National Handloom Day. The main objective is to create awareness about importance of handloom sector. The 6th National Handloom Day is being celebrated in 2020 under the coordination of Textiles Ministry.

Why 7 August?

In 1905, 7 August was chosen as National Handloom Day to commemorate Swadeshi movement (developing Indian nationalism) that was launched on this day. The movement was launched in Calcutta Town Hall (built by Maj.-Gen. John Garstin) to protest against partition of Bengal by the British Government.

Schemes related to Handloom Sector

The following are the schemes that were launched by Indian Govt to boost handloom sector

National Handloom Development Programme

The NHD programme was launched for the time period of April 2017 and March 2020 under the Textiles Ministry. The following are the key features of the scheme

  • The NHD scheme aims to support weavers within and outside cooperative fold.
  • It will create permanent infrastructure in the form of marketing complexes, Urban Haats and develop e-marketing web portals for handloom products.

Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme

The CHCD scheme was launched between April 2017 and March 2020 to develop Mega Handloom Clusters nationwide. The main aim of the scheme is to develop Mega Handloom Clusters that specialize in specific products.

Other Schemes

The other Schemes implemented by central Government for the welfare of the handloom sector are as follows

  • Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS)
  • Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS)
  • Weavers MUDRA Scheme (WMS)