On October 3, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the first of its kind International Webinar on Textile Traditions organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Uttar Pradesh Institute of Design (UPID). The theme of the International Webinar was “Weaving Relations: Textile Traditions”. The webinar was held to commemorate the 151st Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Webinar was organized for exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices among weaves from different countries and also to enable creation of new avenues for collaboration.
i.Weavers from 12 Countries (Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Bahrain, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Afghanistan, Belarus, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan) participated in the webinar.
ii.It provided a platform to textile artists, artisans, weavers and craftsmen to interact, share their textile traditions.
iii.The Textile Sector will be vital for building an Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India).
iv.Government of India is focussing on Skills upgradation, Financial assistance and integration with latest technology to boost the Textile sector.
v.As the Textile sector employs many women, it will be vital for women empowerment.
vi.The webinar organized a theme-oriented session highlighting local traditions and expertise such as Ikat and Batik, Jamdani, Gamcha, Silk, Muslin, Carpets, Belts and Laces.
Recent Related News:
i.Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, launched the Mobile App & Backend Website for Handloom Mark Scheme (HLM) for the weavers on the occasion of 6th National Handloom Day held virtually on 7th August, 2020, organized by the Ministry of Textiles, GoI (Government of India).
About Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR):
President – Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Headquarters – New Delhi