National Handloom Day
We all know that India is enriched of many cultures, traditions, religions and beliefs. We see flourishing criteria of art and culture in India from ancient times. Art and Culture involves Indian Fabrics, which were made on handlooms in ancient period and today weavers use the same handlooms to make various designs, patterns and motifs.
When and Why is it celebrated?
In India, National Handloom Day takes place on 7th of August every year. This day is a commemoration to the Swadeshi Movement which was launched in 1905 on 7th of August in Calcutta Town Hall. This movement was a protest made against partition of Bengal by the Government of British. This Swadeshi Movement was based on the ideology of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
This day highlights Handloom Industries and the day becomes great motivation for the weavers who are still respecting their Indian culture and taking it to next generation to be conserved for upcoming youth. Not only this, but this annual celebration is the Centre of Attention of the benefaction of handloom towards the increment in weavers salary and to the social and economic development of the country.
What Is Handloom?
Generally, A Handloom is explained as a loom which comes under handy crafts. No electricity is required to work upon a handloom. The fabric is woven on the handloom with the help of hand spun yarns which conclude it and is known as KHADI. The Yarn which is spun in mills and then woven on handloom is known as HANDLOOM FABRICS.
Importance Of Handloom in India!
Handlooms plays a significant part in our Indian society. The sector of handloom symbolizes India’s culture and heritage which is really glorious part of it. In India, after agricultural sector, the sector of handloom is considered as second-largest source of employment for people.
The Women get employed with this sector and become independent. This sector is proved to be key for women empowerment.
More than 4.3 million people are directly or indirectly are involved in this sector.
The export market has been flourished because of the Handloom products which are made on less budget and are sold on high prices in foreign countries.
This way we come to know that handloom sector not only plays a glorified role culturally but also symbolized for identity, culture and growth of a developing country like India.
Objectives or Aims of this Day-
This National Handloom Day brings up some aims and objectives which somewhere glorifies this day and increases its importance.
This day brings up a prime objective which is to aware the people about marvelous contribution of handloom in socio-economic development of our country.
For grand increment in the salaries of the weavers.
For enabling the weavers and workers with better opportunities.
For protecting the Heritage and culture of India’s handloom for the upcoming generations.
To ensure the development of Handloom sector where workers can be empowered financially and can be recognized for their talents.
During Coronavirus pandemic -The Handloom Industry
We all are aware that how corona became a hazard that engulfed the economy of whole world and destroyed life of millions. Many people died, got unemployed and burdened under their daily livelihood expenses. In this harder situation, many weavers lost their jobs, got unemployed. The high business and marketing fell down. Rural bazar and exhibitions got blocked for sometime, In fact due to gathering restrictions, doors for the workers were closed.
Gandhi Ji talked about Handloom( Khadi) within a Quote–
“I believe that where there is pure and active love for the poor, there is God also. I see God in every thread that I draw on the spinning wheel”.
The sector of handloom is considered as the symbol of India’s cultural heritage which establishes craftsmanship and pride for Indian Handloom workers or weavers who worked upon handlooms and protect its heritage. We see a great decrement in handloom industries due to Corona pandemic which destroyed its increased value and even lowered the budgets of workplaces where thousands of people work jointly on handlooms to create new designs for marketing.
Writing credits – Ruchika