Guwahati, July 23: Guwahati to host the National Handloom Day celebrations for the first time on August 7 as the government hopes to accord due acknowledgement toward the Northeast by exhibiting its rich craftsmanship and speciality culture.
Through a fashion show and an exhibition, the gleaming ceremony will display handloom products crafted by artisans from north eastern states. Showing the distinct handloom products from the region bearing Geographical Indication status, a film made by Umrao Jaan fame director Muzaffar Ali will also be screened during the exhibition. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal with others will be participating in the event.
Development Commissioner (Handlooms) Shantmanu quoted, “The focus will be on the seven north eastern states so that each and every state is given due recognition by displaying their handloom and silk products”. Under the Union Textiles Ministry, the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms) will be coordinating the event.
Meanwhile, the government has decided that this time the Sant Kabir and National awards will not to present to handloom workers. Instead of that, they will be handing over the Shilp Guru awards for handicraft artisans. The same will be presented together at a function in the national capital Delhi.
Numerous artisans spread across the North East region spin magic weaves and craft goods which serve as a means of their livelihood. As the Swadeshi Movement was formally launched on August 7, 1950, this day holds a special significance in India’s freedom struggle. The movement involved the revival of domestic products and production processes.