Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on the occasion of second National Handloom Day on August 7 that the growth in the handloom sector would not only ensure employment, but also be a means of women empowerment.

“Our handloom sector is diverse, eco-friendly and is a source of employment for countless weavers, who will be very encouraged by our support,” Modi said.

“Since there are many women associated with the handloom sector, the growth of this sector is an important means of women empowerment also,” he said. Rural economy will change if the sector is provided holistic support, e-platform for global marketing and facilities to weavers, Modi added.

He also urged people to use more handloom products in their daily lives by making ‘Khadi for nation’ and ‘Khadi for fashion’ a guiding principle and use Khadi or handlooms for just five per cent of clothing purchases.