Kullu: National Handloom Day celebrated at the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today showed a live telecast of the national function held at Chennai where Kullu master weaver Kamal Devi was honoured.
The function here by Development Commissioner (Handloom) Government of India in collaboration with State Handloom and Handicrafts Corporation and Industry Department was held at Devsadan, Dhalpur.
Speaking on the occasion Karan Singh, a Congress member of the state legislative assembly said “the Government is determined to promote the states handloom sector.
When designing handloom products, the customers’ choice should always be kept in mind as it facilitates easy marketing of the hand woven products, said Karan Singh, who was the chief guest at the function.
He disclosed that “A sum of Rs 1.29 crore had been sanctioned by the state government to empower handloom cooperative societies and for creating self employment opportunities to the weavers associated with such societies. He added that training camps for improving skills were being organised time to time.
Satya Parkash Thakur, chairman of Bhuttico cooperative , a leading handloom society in Kullu valley said, ” handloom was a part and parcel of Kulluvi lifestyle but in today’s modern times hand woven products were losing out to westernised lifestyle products. To keep the tradition alive it was important to boost the handloom industry and it was important to bail out the weavers from the challenges facing them.”
Navin Gupta from the industry department, Rupesh Gupta from Central Wool Board, AC Sharma, general manager Handloom Corporation and Pavan Bharwaj, general manager Industrial Corporation among others which include many weavers attended the function.
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