National Handloom Day is being observed 07 August 2017 to encourage people to use hand-made loom in the country. The main event will be held in Guwahati to celebrate the third National Handloom Day. Central Government has declared August 7 as National Handloom Day, to be celebrated every year due to its significance in India’s history, as ‘Swadeshi Movement’ was launched in 1905 on this day. The movement involved revival of domestic products and production processes.
Union Minister of state for Textile Ajay Tamta, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and other senior ministers of the state will be attending the main event in Assam. This event will give a boost to weavers of Assam, who are known for producing Pat and Muga silk. The Assam government has already announced an ambitious Muga Mission to increase production with a cost of 100 crore rupees. Over one thousand weavers from North East India are expected to participate in the celebration of the National Handloom day in Guwahati.
A documentary on handloom will also be screened on the occasion. According to government data, 95 percent of the world’s hand woven fabric comes from India. This sector contributes nearly 15 percent of the cloth production in the country. It also contributes to the country’s export earnings.