Ministry of Textiles07-August, 2015 19:30 IST
PM attends first National Handloom Day celebrations

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said handlooms can be a tool to fight poverty, just as swadeshi was a tool in the struggle for freedom. He said Khadi and handloom products provide the same warmth that mother's love provides.

He was speaking at the celebrations of the first National Handloom Day in Chennai. 

The Prime Minister emphasized that India, whose handicrafts were once in demand across all continents, had not been able to market its handloom products well in recent times. He said that with the world becoming progressively more aware about the environment and holistic healthcare, there is a need to highlight the eco-friendly aspects of handloom products.

The Prime Minister recalled his appeal on the radio programme "Mann KiBaat" in October last year, for all households to keep at least one Khadi product at home. He said that he had been informed that Khadi sales have risen by 60 percent since then. He said a similar effort now has to be made for handloom products.  

On an emotional note, the Prime Minister said that the entire family of a weaver is involved in the creation of a product such as a saree. He said the family makes the saree just as a mother brings up a daughter - and once it is ready, the family bids it farewell, the way a bride is bid farewell after the wedding.

The Prime Minister launched the India Handloom Brand for better market positioning of quality handloom products. 

The PM also presented the Sant Kabir Awards and National Awards for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 to distinguished handloom personalities.

Union Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar recalled that it is in memory of the Swadeshi movement that the National Handloom Day is being observed. He expressed his gratefulness to the Hon’ble PM for accepting the Ministry’s request to launch National Handloom Day. Shri Gangwar extended his wishes to the weavers and to all who are working for the development of the handloom sector. He said that the presence of the Prime Minister would help boost the pride and self-confidence of the weavers.

The Textiles Minister said that the Government of India is fully committed to the social and economic development of handloom weavers. Welcoming the awardees of Sant Kabir and National Handloom Awards, he expressed the hope that they would take forward the rich handloom tradition of the country. Shri Gangwar recalled that under the visionary leadership and able guidance of the Prime Minister, various initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Textiles for development of handlooms. The Minister said that these initiatives are based on the principles of zero defect (in fabrics) and zero effect (on environment). He concluded by expressing the hope that the handloom sector of India acquires a distinct reputation at the global stage and that the industry would play a distinctive role in national development.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr. K. Rosaiah, Union MoS (Road Transport & Highways and Shipping) Shri Pon Radhakrishnan and the Minister of Finance and PWD for Tamil Nadu Shri O Paneerselvam were also present on the occasion. 


(Release ID :124635)