National Handloom Day is celebrated in India on August 7 and on this day Swadeshi movement started in Bengal in the year 1905 and the movement was all about boycotting Foregin-made-products and promoting Indian-made-products.
In the year 2015 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day to appreciate the hard work and efforts of weavers across the country.
History of National Handloom Day
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swadeshi Movement which started in the year 1905, the government of India decided to choose the same day to celebrate National Handloom Day.
The Swadeshi movement started in Calcutta Town Hall as a protest against partition of Bengal by the British Government. The main focus of this movement was to boycott foreign made products and to promote Swadeshi goods, which was the main focus of Mahatma Gandhi, who described Swadeshi as the soul of swaraj.
To strengthen the Swadeshi Movement, Gandhiji burned 1,50,000 English clothes at Elphinstone Mill Compound, Parel, Mumbai on 31 July 1921. Gandhiji raised Khadi spinning mills all over the country and he stamped Khadi spinners as freedom fighters.
To mark the Swadeshi Movement Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first handloom day in College of Madras’ Centenary Corridor in Chennai on August 7, 2015.
Significance of National Handloom Day
The National Handloom Day is celebrated to mark the country’s rich Heritage and culture. Handoom is one of the most important sources of livelihood for women and this is also important for celebrating and honouring the Handloom weavers of the country.
The Government has also implemented a number of schemes to help Handloom communities like the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS), Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) and Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS).
India is also the largest consumer and the second-largest producer of cotton in the world. India is the second-largest exporter of handloom products in the world, the domestic apparel industry in India contributes 5% in India’s total GDP, and there are chances that exports of textiles and apparel to grow to $65 bn by 2025-26.
The National Handloom Day is celebrated on 7 August every year and this is the 8th one, country’s top leaders and parties spread awareness:
#NationalHandloomDay #7August2022 #MyHandloomMyPride
India is celebrating the 8th National Handloom Day on 7 August 2022.Award winning Indian handloom weavers with their exquisite designs.#AzadiKaAmritMahotsav #IncredibleIndia@PiyushGoyal @DarshanaJardosh @mygovindia pic.twitter.com/0LRYqSWNxV
— India in Azerbaijan (@indembassybaku) August 5, 2022
Handloom – Our National Pride!
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) August 6, 2022
Handlooms are the part of our ancient cultural heritage & diversity.
Supporting the vision of 'Vocal For Local And Then Global', we reiterate our commitment to support our local craftsmen.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 7, 2022