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Youth the key to revive handloom textile

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-05-20 16:00:00 – New Delhi

The Government had always been keen in the promotion of handloom textile. As one of the major steps regarding the same, a discussion on revival of handloom, with particular focus on increasing earning of handloom weavers, was held according to the statement of the Textile Ministry.

The meeting of the panel comprising stakeholders from government, industry and members of the civil society was organized on May 17 by the office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles.

The panel consisted of former Member Secretary of the Planning Commission Sudha Pillai IAS (Retd.), leading fashion designer Ritu Kumar, Panda,

among others.

The panel discussed the need to excite the younger generation about handlooms, the diversity of marketing opportunities available to promote handlooms, the need for innovations in design and weaving processes and the need for customer education.

Textiles Secretary S K Panda stated at the meet that Youth, fashion and technology hold the key to the future of handloom. According to PTI, Panda asserted that concern for the handloom weavers should guide all interventions of state and non-state actors.

He outlined the context in which the handloom weavers operate, and the various policy interventions that Government has been making in order to improve the earning of handloom weavers.

Textiles Ministry has said steps are underway to revive handlooms and a panel has been deliberated on the issue including aggressive marketing, design innovations and popularizing handlooms among youth to increase the income of weavers

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