India celebrates National Handloom day on 7th August. August 7 was chosen as National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this day in 1905 in the Calcutta Town hall to protest against the partition of Bengal by the British Government.
The handloom sector is one of the major symbols of the cultural heritage of India. Apart from that, it continues to be an important source of livelihood. The day is celebrated to honor the handloom community, and acknowledge their contribution towards India’s socio-economic development. The aim is to resolve to protect this heritage and to empower the workers in this sector.
In the year 2018 India Post issued a set of five stamps featuring Traditional Handloom Textiles. The stamps come with the denomination of Rs.5 and feature different Indian handlooms such as Baluchari Saree, Bhagalpur Silk, Kashmir Pashmina, Pochampally Ikat and Tangaliya Shawl.
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