The Ministry of Textiles, headed by Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani, announced a revival strategy for the handloom industry on the occasion of the National Handloom Day held on August 7, 2016. The FDCI and DC Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Designers and Weavers’ Service Centers across India.
FDCI designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anju Modi, Rakesh Thakore, Rina Dhaka, Rahul Mishra, Abhishek Gupta, Samant Chauhan and Shruti Sancheti who were also present for the function in Varanasi, were allocated their Weaver Service Centers/handloom clusters in selected parts of the country.
Designers will impart professional training in design development at various Weaver Service Centers across the country. This will help add new vigor to age-old crafts, which will help make them more contemporary without losing focus of tradition.
This strategy has been devised with the long-term goal of making the handloom weaver an entrepreneur, through knowledge sharing and resource optimization.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has collaborated with the Development Commissioner, Handlooms to reinvent indigenous crafts executed by handloom weavers through effective skill development. The MoU will facilitate designer intervention at selected Weavers Service Centers across India was signed between Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner Handlooms and Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ajay Tamta Minister of State – Ministry of Textiles, Mahboob Ali Minister of U.P. Govt. – Textile and Sericulture Industries and Textile Secretary Rashmi Verma.