Every year on August 7, India observes National Handloom Day to highlight the handloom industry's contribution to socioeconomic development and to raise awareness about the sector. The handloom sector is one of the country's most important economic sectors.
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Products made by the sector's weaving community are well-known around the world. The Ministry of Textiles organizes National Handloom Day celebrations throughout the country.
The handloom industry, which provides a sizable amount of employment in rural areas, also plays a significant role in women's empowerment because roughly 70% of all weavers and related workers are female.
The handloom sector was crucial during the Swadeshi Movement, which was launched on August 7, 1905, as part of the Indian independence movement. The movement began in order to reduce reliance on foreign goods and increase domestic production.
Almost every household began producing khadi as a result of the movement. When India gained independence "at the stroke of midnight," Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the Indian flag made of khadi at Princess Park near India Gate.
National Handloom Day is observed on August 7, the anniversary of the birth of the Swadeshi Movement. On August 7, 2015, the government of India inaugurated and celebrated the first National Handloom Day in Chennai.
According to an Indian Brand Equity Foundation report, the Indian handloom sector exports its products to more than 20 countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and South Africa.
The National Handloom Day is observed to honour the handloom weaving community and to highlight the community's contributions in various sectors of the country, including rural employment. Furthermore, the day represents the preservation of India's rich handloom heritage as well as the empowerment of the handloom community through larger and better opportunities.
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