Preserving the Timeless Traditions
Serving the best
From the Jacquard of Uttar Pradesh to Madhya Pradesh’s Chanderi, from the Phulkari of Punjab to the Brocare of Benares, Handloom weaving is one of the most vibrant aspects of Indian cultural heritage.
To weave the future of Handloom industry, the Government has constituted a Committee for doubling the production and quadrupling the exports of handlooms in a span of 3 years. The Committee has been formed to suggest the roadmap and boost India’s handloom sector.
Let’s get to know more about the Terms of Reference of the Committee.
It will help in suggesting the strategy and policy framework for doubling the production and for improving the quality of handloom products to enhance the income of the weavers. It will also look into the partnering and collaboration of handloom weavers agencies with the designers, buying houses and institutions, organizations and exporters. It will further recommend the ways and means for promoting the handloom products in the domestic market. Also, the Committee is expected to come up with the measures for improving the input supplies like raw materials, credit, technology up-gradation, skilling and designs.
It is worth noting that the Committee is required to submit its preliminary recommendations within 30 days and a final report within 45 days from the day of its constitution.
Now, let’s understand more about India’s Handloom Industry
The Indian handloom industry is one of the oldest and largest cottage industries with 23.77 lakh looms. The level of artistry and intricacy achieved in handloom fabrics is unparalleled and certain weaves/ designs are still beyond the scope of modern machines. The sector has provided employment to 43.31 lakh weavers directly and indirectly throughout the country and almost every state of India has a unique handloom product to offer.
To strengthen the nation’s Handloom sector, several important initiatives have been undertaken.
One of the major schemes is the Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme. It aims to develop Mega Handloom Clusters that are located in clearly identifiable geographical locations and specializes in specific products. It also focuses on improving the infrastructure facilities, offering better storage facilities, technology up-gradation in pre-loom/on-loom/post-loom operations, weaving shed, skill up-gradation, design inputs and health facilities.
Next in the line, we have the National Handloom Development Programme which include important Schemes like Block-level cluster, Handloom Marketing Assistance, Weavers’ MUDRA Scheme, Education of handloom weavers and their children, India Handloom Brand and promotion of e-marketing of handloom products through E-commerce.
Besides, the Yarn Supply Scheme is also an important initiative which is being implemented throughout the country to make available all types of yarn at Mill Gate Price.
The success of these timely interventions can be attributed to the fact that over 125 countries globally are buying handloom products from India. Indian Handlooms are truly preserving the nation’s timeless traditions by maintaining originality and offering the best.