National Handloom Day

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National Handloom Day is celebrated every year on 7 August to honor the handloom weavers in the country and to raise awareness about the handloom industry of India.

Important facts

  • The 8th National Handloom Day was celebrated across the country under the coordination of the Ministry of Textiles through an exhibition planned at National Centre for Heritage Textiles (NCHT), Janpath, New Delhi.


  • The Central Government in July 2015 had declared August 7 as National Handloom Day.

  • The day aims to create awareness about the importance of the handloom industry for the socio-economic development of the country.

  • August 7 was chosen as the National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement launched on this day at the Calcutta Town Hall in 1905 to protest the partition of Bengal by the British Government.

  • The aim of this movement was to revive domestic products and production processes.

Government programmes for development of handloom 

  • Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)

  • National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)

  • Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS)

  • Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS)

  • The programs mentioned above are aimed at promoting the handloom sector by helping it to gain international recognition.

Some of the well known handlooms 

  • Tamil Nadu’s famous Kanchipuram sarees

  • Paithani weaves of Maharashtra

  • Muga Silk of Assam

  • Mysore Silk of Karnataka

Telangana CM launches Nethanna Bima scheme for weavers

  • Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on 7 August launched the Nethanna Bima scheme on the occasion of National Handloom Day.

  • This is a one of its kind scheme for weavers in the country and about 80,000 weavers' families will be benefitted by this insurance scheme.

  • The scheme will provide an insurance cover of ₹ 5 lakh to the families of weavers in case of unfortunate death of the eligible beneficiary.

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