Master Weavers felicitated at WSC

Master Weavers felicitated at WSC

Varanasi: A function was organized at the Weaver Service Centre, Chowkaghat to felicitate the master weavers of Banarasi silk industry on the occasion of National Handloom Day on Friday.

Deputy director WSC Sandeep Tumbarikar said that a small programme was held to honour the master weavers and also highlight their contributions in enriching the traditional art and craft. He said that on this day, the handloom weaving community is honoured and the contribution of this sector in the socio-economic development of this country is highlighted. The resolve to protect our handloom heritage and to empower the handloom weavers and workers with greater opportunities is reaffirmed.

“Varanasi’s handloom products and varieties have great reputation and demand not only in the country but also aboard. The Banarasi weave is famous for complex and intricate weaving techniques producing hundreds of varieties,” said Dr. Rajni Kant, GI expert and president of Human Welfare Association.

Master Weavers felicitated at WSC

Several master weavers including Sant Kabir Award recipient Ramlal Maurya, Mohammad Swaleh Ansari, Amresh Kushwaha, Badruddin, Mustafa, Vijay Kumar and others were honoured on the occasion.

Earlier, the WSC was linked with the virtual programme organized by the Ministry of Textiles. According to the Ministry of Textiles, in the face of the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, and inability to hold conventional marketing events such as exhibitions, melas, etc., the government is providing online marketing opportunities to weavers and handloom producers. The Handloom Export Promotion Council has organized a Virtual Fair, connecting more than 150 participants from different regions of the country showcasing their products with unique designs and skills.

The 7th August was chosen as the National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on the same date in the year 1915. The objective is to generate awareness about Handloom Industry amongst public at large and its contribution to the socio-economic development. Handloom sector is a symbol of the country’s glorious cultural heritage and an important source of livelihood in the country. The first National Handloom Day programme was held in 2015 in presence of PM in Chennai.

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