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Handloom, handicraft sectors in J&K (India) struggling

Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation in Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir has urged the Government to revive the industry. The declining trend in handloom and handicraft business due to poor marketing at state-, national- and international-level has caused distress among local artisans and workers. Also Read – Handloom & handicraft industry in J&K (India) facing tough time The organization has sought financial assistance and essential resources from the Government to improve the existing condition […]


Handloom & handicraft industry in J&K (India) facing tough time

Government support has become need of the hour to bring handloom and handicraft industry out of trouble in Jammu & Kashmir, India. The industry has been facing hardship due to 2016 unrest in the state and 2014 flood. This was stated by Nizamududdin Bhat, Vice Chairman, Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporations. These two incidents damaged the infrastructure and adversely hit production and sales of the handloom and handicraft goods. Delay in acknowledging the economic viability […]


Gujarat Handicrafts expo underway in Kerala (India)

The much-awaited annual Gujarat Handicrafts exhibition cum sale organized by the Government of India is underway at Women’s Association Hall in Ernakulam, Kerala. The Indian Tussar and Mooga sarees, handicrafts and handprinted items from nine states across India have been put on display at the ongoing exhibition. The Gujarati handloom section in the exhibition features block, bhandini, brush, batik, kutch, vegetable print, printed or mirror worked cotton and silk sarees. Also Read – India International […]


Telangana (India) CM directs to formulate plans for handloom weavers

K Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana (India) has directed Government officials to formulate plans for the welfare of handloom weavers in the state. It is pertinent to mention here that a large number of weavers in the state have opted for other work. Absence of proper support for weavers has forced many to end their lives in the state. According to reports, many handloom weavers are employed with powerloom industry as labourers. The crisis […]


‘Style and Weaves’ kicks off in Andhra Pradesh, India

Style and Weaves, a three-day exhibition-cum-sale of handloom and designer garments, opened its gates yesterday at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. Organized by ‘My Identity’, the exhibition consists of 65 stalls brought under one roof myriad flavours of the latest trends in the garments. A range of designer saris, dress material, handicrafts, gold jewellery, imitation jewellery, hand bags and lifestyle accessories, are on display at the exhibition. Designers from Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Hyderabad […]


Telangana Govt. to frame policy for powerloom, handloom weavers

Government of South Indian state of Telangana is planning to frame a policy for the betterment of powerloom and handloom weavers. This was disclosed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. He also promised to take all initiatives to provide them a better life and a sufficient fund allocation in the upcoming budget. “They are entitled for a happy life. Handloom workers in Siricilla and Pochampally should come out of stigma that they commit suicides […]


Haryana (India) to get its first NIFT

Indian Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Manohar Lal Khattar, CM, Haryana, India will lay the foundation stone of Haryana’s first National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on 29th December in Panchkula, India. Spread over 10.45 acres, the Indian Government is committed to provide funds amounting to Rs. 99.71 crore for the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure at the institute, to be developed in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Textiles (MoT) and NIFT, New Delhi. The […]

December 28, 2016


Latest updates on Indian Textiles Minister’s visits are here

Indian Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani is a busy personality. In last 10 days, she visited three Indian cities and also went to Paris to inaugurate Indian Pavilion at ‘Who’s Next’ trade show. Besides, the Minister took stock of Weavers Service Centre in the capital. Below are the updates about her: 29th August, in Moradabad: Inaugurated Moradabad Resource Centre for artisans. 30th August, in Mumbai: Inaugurated newly constructed academic building at NIFT Campus. 31st August, […]


Review: IHGF – Home Furnishing exporters happy with footfall

Over the last few years it has been noticed that most of the sourcing fairs across the world are losing their charm, especially for Indian exporters. But the recently concluded Indian Handicraft & Gift Fair (IHGF) at Greater Noida was an exception as largely the participants (mostly in home textiles/soft goods segment) were happy with the buyer footfall. Some of them, in discussion with the buyers, claim to have received positive market feedback which is […]


Govt. of India to honour handloom artisans, marketers

In a bid to encourage and honour people involved in the promotion and designing of handloom products, Government of India will be acknowledging the Indian designers and marketers of the product/sector. The Government has decided to give away three National Awards and six National Merit Awards in the field of design development for the promotion of handloom products, and five National Awards and 10 National Merit awards for the marketing of these products. Also Read […]


Annual Conference of State Textiles Ministers – A ‘farce’ from industry perspective; most of the states ignoring apparel & textile industry

Textiles Ministers from 9 states and concerned senior officers from 16 other states were present at the Annual Conference of State Textiles Ministers, recently organized in Delhi by MoT to assess the existing position and formulate strategy for exploiting the potential of the textiles sector. Sounds impressive… but the subject that was completely missing in the discussions was the focus on apparel, textile manufacturing and export. Even states, known as hubs for apparel/textile and having […]


Tamil Nadu notifies powerloom owners for abstains from producing handloom items

In a move to safeguard the deteriorating Indian handloom sector the district administration of Tamil Nadu has issued a notice to powerloom owners for not producing certain handloom items and states that they may face penal actions. This move has been taken in the backdrop of enforced act of Handlooms Reservation of Articles for Production Act, 1985 Handloom. According to the act, there are 11 items reserved for handloom production which include sari, dhoti, towel, […]


Reviewing market sentiments at IHGF: A tricky question all are asking…

Will the European economy pick up soon or not is the million dollar question that still does not have any clear-cut answer. But a majority of the industry feels that if not by January 2016, the economy is sure to bounce back by February or April 2016. Though there is no strong or scientific base for this prediction, buyers’ feedback which in its own is a big logic to feel positive, indicates that the European […]


Drop in textiles export affects employment generation in textiles industry

Facing pressures due to various reasons like global economic slowdown and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which India is not a part, the Indian textile and apparel industry is facing a lot of heat, due to which it is cutting down on the number of jobs. Job creation by the apparel and textile industry dropped by 70 per cent approximately in the quarter that ended in March 2015, as compared to December 2014 quarter, according […]


No change in law on handlooms sector

The Government of India has stated that it had received some requests for review of items reserved for production by handlooms. After a due assessment of the subject, the Government has decided not to make any change in the Reservation Order issued under the (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985, thereby protecting the interests of handloom weavers. The matter was referred to a committee under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner (Handlooms). The committee was […]

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