Handloom sector made commendable efforts to preserve indigenous crafts of India
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed of DOT:
 National Handloom Day has been organised on 7 August by the Ministry of Textiles on a virtual platform in India. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was present as the Chief Guest on the occasion. During the function, handloom clusters across India, NIFT campuses, all the 28 Weaver Service Centres, National Handloom Development Corporation and others got connected online.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all those associated with the nation’s vibrant handloom and handicrafts sector. On National Handloom Day, the Prime Minister said, they have made commendable efforts to preserve the indigenous crafts of the country.
 In a tweet, Mr Modi urged countrymen to be vocal for handmade and strengthen efforts towards an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
 Textiles Minister Smirti Irani also urged countrymen to contribute towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat. She requested all to support vocal for handmade. Ms Irani highlighted that five years back on this day, National Handloom day was instituted. The Minister said, this day is a tribute to the Swadeshi movement which was launched on the same date in 1905. The objective is to generate awareness about the Handloom Industry among the public and its contribution to socio-economic development.
 To mark the occasion and to instil pride in the workmanship of handloom weaving amongst citizens, a social media campaign is planned for the handloom weaving community.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the Handloom and Handicrafts of India encompass a glorious history of hundreds of years.
In his Mann Ki Baat address on All India Radio last month, the Prime Minister urged everyone to use Indian Handloom and Handicrafts as much as possible, and also communicate to more and more people about them. He said, local artisans and weavers will benefit from conversations about the richness and diversity of Indian handloom and handicrafts.
 The Prime Minister emphasized that the correct and positive approach always goes a long way in transforming distressing times into opportunities, adversities into triggers of development and progress.