Handloom Sector

Panda Optimist On Handloom Sector

Handloom SectorTextiles secretary S.K Panda has expressed optimism about the future of the handloom sector asserting that concern for the handloom weavers should guide all interventions of state and non-state sectors, according to an official statement.

He was speaking at a meeting in New Delhi to discuss the revival of handloom with particular focus on increasing earnings of handloom weavers.

Panda outlined the context in which the handloom weavers operate, and the various policy interventions that the centre has been making in order to improve the earning of handloom weavers. He highlighted the potential of technology based interventions such as online marketing and of the financial inclusion scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. Panda said youth, fashion and technology hold the key to the future of handloom.Handloom Sector

Panda’s address was followed by a panel discussion on the subject. The panel consisted of Sudha Pillai, former member secretary of the planning commission, Jaya Jaitley, leading fashion designer Ritu Kumar and a leading industry representative and founder of Good Earth, Anita Lal.

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. The panel acknowledged that the weavers service centres were being strengthened and were being given top priority by the central government, the statement said.

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